BEING A DIVORCED WOMAN IN A PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY: EXAMPLE OF KONYA

Abstract

Author(s): K├╝bra K├ť├ç├ťK?EN

Divorce, which means the virtual or juridical dissolution of a marriage, is a social phenomenon with has many psychological, social, economic impacts. While divorce leads to negative consequences to men, it is actually more weakening process for women when compared, as it brings problems and additional obligations. During and after the divorce process the point of view of the family and the society to the divorces women can have impacts on the decisions and lives of the women who are going through divorce. The aim of this study is to present the difficulties encountered and the problems women face in their social relationships during and after the divorce process, only because of their genders in the light of their own personal experiences. With this aim, face-toface interviews with limited amount of divorced women residing in the Konya city centrum was executed by using semi-structured questionnaire form. According to the findings of the study, it was observed that the negative approach of families and society towards the divorced women limits the relationships of women with their friends, relatives and entourage; and this condition makes the life of women even harder. In order to minimize the negativity that women encounter, social and psychological support should be given and consultancy service should be provided to these women and to their families.

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