Religion and coping : single women inchurch

by Tsang, Po-ling

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT As an attempt to study the role of religious maturity on problem perception and coping with some real-life problems with personal meaning, an exploratory work on Christian single women's coping with the case-study research method was undertaken. Seven never-married women of marriageable age and with different levels of religious maturity served as subjects. Their attribution and evaluation of own singleness and their coping solutions were obtained through interviews. The narrative data were content-analyzed. Results show that single women with higher religious maturity attributed their single status to God's will and church-related reasons and evaluated own singleness in religious terms while those with lower religious maturity attributed to personal inadequacies and fear of being constrained by housework and evaluated without much religious concerns. In terms of coping solutions, the former tend to rely on personal religious coping measures while the latter personal nonreligious coping. Their use of church-related helpseeking appeared similar and general help-seeking were insignificant. Implications of the findings are discussed. Limitations of the study are highlighted and directions for further research are suggested, LLl
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:single women religious life


Date of Publication:01/01/1992

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