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Runaway Wives: An Increasing North-American Phenomenon

Rubin Todres
The Family Coordinator
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 17-21
DOI: 10.2307/582721
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/582721
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Runaway Wives: An Increasing North-American Phenomenon
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Abstract

An exploratory study of 38 runaway wives in Metropolitan Toronto yielded the finding that the decision to leave their husbands was predicted upon a long history of marital discord while the decision to leave their children behind was based on a genuine concern for the childrens' well-being. After leaving the family unit, the wives experienced feelings of relief on one hand for finally having left their marital situation while concomitantly feeling very guilty about leaving their children behind.

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