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Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities

The research of Sociology Professor Kathleen Jenkins was featured in a Huffington Post article titled Worshipping alone: Studies find divorce retains its sting in faith communities. The article discussed the lack of outreach and support religious groups give individuals going through a divorce.

Professor Jenkins researched the experience of recently divorced individuals who were active in religious groups. She found that their participation in faith communities did not result in additional support in dealing with the psychological fallout from divorce, but that individuals coped with the aftermath largely on their own.