Divorced women who reentered as undergraduates at BYU were interviewed using the naturalistic inquiry model for qualitative research. All respondents reported some negative reaction related to their divorced status from fellow Church members. Women who divorced non-member men received more support from ward members than those who divorced active members. Identification of the religion with ward relationships meant that insensitive treatment by leaders during divorce could precipitate a spiritual crisis and potential departure from the Church. However, renewed spiritual strength was reported after some resolution of isses.
Mattson, Rondi and Scharman, Janet S.
"Divorce in Mormon Women: A Qualitative Study,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 20:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol20/iss1/4