Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 3, P215-222, February 1979

The empty nest process in mid-life men and women

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      A combined clinical and field investigation studied the effects of the empty-nest phase of parenthood on morale and activity level. Data from the clinical study were obtained from two psychotherapy groups conducted for mid-life women, and the field data were obtained from a 5-yr longitudinal study of life stages. Results indicated an increase in morale during the unfolding of the empty nest and suggested that the so-called “crisis” of the empty nest may be more myth than reality.


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