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The transition for women into a single life Sutton, Claire Joan


A qualitative phenomenological paradigm was used to explore the phenomenon of the transition for women into a single life following the termination of their committed relationship. Five women were selected from the Vancouver area to participate i n this study. In-depth personal interviews, which were audiotaped, were conducted with each participant. During these interviews, the women described their transition experience and successful adaptation to a single life . Six common themes emerged from the data using Colaizzi's (1978) method of phenomenological analysis. The results of the study indicated that as the women came to believe in their own self-worth, they rose above intolerable conditions and followed a life path that would continue to enhance their personal growth and strengthen their sense of self-efficacy .

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