Chinese women revising meanings of marriage and divorce: Comparing women who divorced in the 1990s and 2000s

Suet Lin HUNG*

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Abstract

This study compares the findings of two qualitative research studies on meanings of divorce endorsed by Chinese divorced women in Hong Kong conducted in 1998–2002 and 2016–2018, respectively. It is clearly shown that ideas about divorce have changed enormously in the past two decades. While the ideas that divorce is not acceptable and divorced women are failures were still prevalent, particularly in the divorce decision-making process, there has been a move towards a more dominant modern stance on divorce, although two powerful obstacles, the welfare of children and social stigmatisation, have persisted.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Social Work
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese women
  • divorce
  • Hong Kong
  • meaning-making
  • model of marriage and divorce
  • women and family

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