Women’s changing social roles and social expectations pose new problems for men. One of the troubling issues some men are forced to face is that of adapting to rapidly changing marital relationships when women choose to discard traditional wifely roles.1 Much has been written about the pain of separation and divorce from the viewpoint of women, but little has been reported on the problems of the “abandoned” male. This paper will describe twenty-six men seen at a mental health clinic at a time of marital turmoil, men who had married in their early twenties, who had been reared in traditional homes, and who had traditional expectations of their wives. The focus of the paper will be on their responses to separation and divorce in their thirties, separations initiated in each instance by the wife.
KeywordsChief Complaint Mental Health Clinic Male Therapist Marital Dissatisfaction Traditional Home
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