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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24759

Title: Making the Adjustment: A Grounded Theory Study of What Works and Does Not Work in Postdivorce Parenting Relationships
Authors: Gowthorpe, Julie Lee
Advisor: Mishna, Faye
Department: Social Work
Keywords: divorce
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2010
Abstract: This study contributes to the growing knowledge base on postdivorce parenting. Recognizing the need to facilitate a better understanding of what makes the postdivorce parenting dyad work or not work, this study explored how individuals sustain a parenting relationship with their former partners when the couple relationship ends through separation or divorce. To date, knowledge about couples’ relationships has been absent from clinical approaches to assisting postdivorce parenting relationships and consequently there has been no bridge between the theories and paradigms of the couples’ literature and those of postdivorce parenting. This exploratory study examined the experiences and perspectives of 20 individual parents in Ontario, Canada. Individual interviews were held with each of the participants. The study identified key themes illuminating an emerging understanding of postdivorce relationships. These key themes will assist to better understand the postdivorce parenting relationship. Findings suggest that practitioners should consider that: (a) the postdivorce parenting relationship is highly complex and the development of a “working” or “not working” relationship results from an interaction among a range of factors; (b) understanding couple’s research is essential to comprehending this complexity because, despite the couple relationship ending, former couples remain a dyad because they are parents; (c) even when the postdivorce parenting relationship is “not working”, men and women describe other aspects of their lives as successful. The study’s findings have implications for mental health professionals and legal professionals working with parents during and following the divorce process.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24759
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