Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 467–486 | Cite as

Sense of Coherence, Ways of Coping, and Well Being of Married and Divorced Mothers

  • Orna Cohen
  • Rachel Dekel


The study examines sense of coherence and ways of coping as personality resources capable of helping divorced mothers deal with the divorce crisis. The findings show that although mothers from two parent families enjoy a higher sense of well being than divorced mothers, the well being of both groups was predicted by sense of coherence. They also show that mothers with higher sense of coherence used more effective coping strategies and derived more benefit from the strategies they used. The married and divorced mothers have a similar sense of coherence level. More study is needed to ascertain precisely how sense of coherence contributes to well being, as well as to the choice and effectiveness of coping strategies.

sense of coherence divorced mothers married mothers well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orna Cohen
    • 1
  • Rachel Dekel
    • 2
  1. 1.Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.School of Social WorkBar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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