Author: Amna Nisar
Supervisor: Tehreem Arshad
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The objective of the present study was to explore the sexual distress and coping strategies among widows and divorced women. In the present study it was hypothesized that there will be a difference in the sexual distress and coping strategies among widows and divorced women. The second hypothesis of the study was that there will be a difference in the religious inclination of widows and divorced women before and after the spouse loss. Between group design was used in the present study. Snow ball purposive sampling was used to collect data from community. The participants were widows (N=50) and divorced (N=50) with the age limit of 50 years. The participants were screened by symptom checklist-R. The assessment measures used in the present study were Female sexual distress Scale (FSDS’ Derogatis, 2005), coping strategies questionnaire (CSQ’ Kausar, 2004) and demographic questionnaire. Oral individual administration was done for filling the questionnaires. The results of independent sample t test revealed that significant differences were seen in sexual distress of widows and divorced women but there were no significant differences in coping strategies between the two groups. The results also revealed that widows use active practical coping and religious coping whereas the divorced use active practical coping followed by the religious coping. Paired sample t test supported the results of second hypothesis and significant differences were seen in the religious inclination of the participants before and after spouse loss. Clinical interventions can be taken to help them out in exploring the significant healthy coping strategies for the stressors of life especially sexual distress.
Keywords: Sexual Distress, Coping Strategies, Widows, Divorced.
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