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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1995 Oct;65(4):574-83.

The role of work identity in women's adjustment to divorce.

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Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.


A study of the role of employment in the divorce adjustment of 40 women found work identity to be associated with higher self-esteem and lower distress. Four established components of work identity--meaningfulness, social interaction/support, productivity, and positive distraction--were assessed via qualitative analyses; links among various life contexts were examined; and postdivorce changes explored. Results support the role of work identity in divorced women's adjustment.

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