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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1970. Department of Human Development and the Family.


Copyright 1970, the author. Used by permission.


This research is a descriptive analysis of divorced people and their feelings of loneliness. It considers the self-concept of the divorcee, the child custody arrangement, length of divorce and the life style of the divorcee as defined by questions on the instrument used.

The data reported in the study are based on answers to questionnaires filled out by 61 divorced persons in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. Twenty-five men and thirty-six women participated in the study. The subjects were members of the organization “Parents Without Partners” and other divorced persons known by or referred to the researcher.

The conclusion from these findings, contrary to popular opinion, is that it cannot be assumed that the divorced state itself causes extreme feelings of overall loneliness. Some of the variables related to the divorced state do, however, seem to cause the divorcee to have more feelings of loneliness. These variables were: child custody and the responsibilities it entails; finances and the feeling of social rejection because of the divorced state.

Advisor: John C. Woodward.