Twenty-four divorced and single-parent indigenous women living in metropolitan Taipei were interviewed for this research study, the purpose of which was to understand the adaptability of indigenous women following divorce. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and analyzed using content analysis. Findings were as follows: (1) Family violence is the principal cause of divorce, followed by extramarital relations, economic problems, spouses' bad habits (e. g. , excessive drinking, gambling), racial discrimination, and marriage at an early age. (2) Factors that negatively affect adaptability following divorce include low level of education, limited financial means, and narrow social networks. Society's racial discrimination against indigenous women further hinders the process of adaptation. (3) After divorce, indigenous women tend to seek emotional support from family and friends. Most seek financial aid from blood relatives rather than through government social welfare programs. Future policies should be developed to encourage indigenous women to participate in community activities and to better understand their legal rights in divorce. The government should make the social welfare application process more convenient and should conduct more job training to enhance the occupational skills of indigenous women.
- urban indigenous
- divorced women