Single mothers or women in single parenthood (WISP)? A report and reflection on the development of a brief marital metaphor questionnaire (MMQ-10)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-214
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Metaphor is embedded with representations of both experience and longing and can go far beyond problem representations in exploring marital experience. This paper reports the development of a marital metaphor questionnaire and its use with 123 Chinese single mothers. Lower marital satisfaction does correlate with their ratings of marital experience, but not with their general attitude toward marriage. The implications are discussed as to how marital metaphors could be used as an effective tool to engage clients on sensitive topics, reveal hopes and strengths, and how empirical studies can be conducted in a stigma-free and strength-based orientation. © 2013 Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Research Area(s)

  • Chinese, marital metaphors, marriage conceptualization, single mothers

Citation Format(s)

Single mothers or women in single parenthood (WISP)? A report and reflection on the development of a brief marital metaphor questionnaire (MMQ-10). / Chiu, Marcus Yu-Lung; Zhou, Ruth De Hui.

In: Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.09.2013, p. 198-214.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review