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

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1995 Oct;65(4):574-83. doi: 10.1037/h0079668.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Divorce / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Support