Approximately 33% of Protestant women experience divorce in the U.S. (Barna, 2008) On average, divorcees in the general population reported lower levels of physical and mental health (Amato, 2010). The experience of divorce among self-identified Christian women who report placing a high value on their religious beliefs and experiences has not been explored in the literature. Clinical reports imply significant psychological distress among this population beyond the more external issues associated with financial or family responsibilities and relationship conflict. This distress is associated with internal shifts within the self due to emotional turmoil they link to their religious beliefs about God and marriage. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze interview data from a sample of fifteen Christian women. A developmental framework explaining the process of change in the view of self and relatedly in the view of God for self-identified Christian women experiencing divorce was developed.
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