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Financial wellbeing after relationship breakdown among mid-aged women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health


Relationship breakdown, separation and divorce can have significant financial consequences for women. Studies show that women have a higher risk of poverty than men following a relationship breakup, and divorce in mid-life can place women at higher risk of poverty in old age. Little is known about women’s views about their financial wellbeing following relationship breakdown. This study focuses on women’s perceptions of their financial wellbeing following divorce, separation or long-term relationship breakdown using the free-text comments of the women in the 1946-51 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. A longitudinal narrative analysis will be used to examine how women describe their financial circumstances following relationship breakdown with particular attention to the role of domestic violence.