Changing Roles, Goals, and Self-Conceptions: Process and Results in a Program for Women’s Employment

  • Chad Gordon
  • Paddy Gordon
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Displaced homemakers experience a relatively new form of role loss. This loss can result from divorce, desertion, separation, or the disability or death of a spouse on whom the displaced homemaker previously had been dependent. Alternatively, the loss may be due to economic necessity. From whichever source, the loss of the homemaker role involves reduction of the financial and emotional security that derived from previously relatively well-defined roles as wife and mother. Such loss forces the displaced homemaker into a job market that is accurately characterized in terms of both agism and sexism, and also may involve the burden of racism. Although some men may face the circumstance of suddenly losing a relationship that had provided economic as well as emotional support, men face much less discrimination even as they move into their middle years. For this reason, the present chapter will restrict the phrase “displaced homemaker” to women.


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