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Current findings on Australian children in postseparation disputes : outer conflict, inner discord

McIntosh, Jennifer and Long, Caroline 2005, Current findings on Australian children in postseparation disputes : outer conflict, inner discord, Journal of family studies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 99-109.

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Title Current findings on Australian children in postseparation disputes : outer conflict, inner discord
Author(s) McIntosh, Jennifer
Long, Caroline
Journal name Journal of family studies
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 99
End page 109
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd.
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2005-04
ISSN 1322-9400
Keyword(s) children
divorce
conflict
mediation
research
Summary This paper sets out descriptive baseline data on the first 111 Australian families participating in a current study of the efficacy of child-focused and child-inclusive Family Law Mediation. The families come from the first of two treatment groups in that comparative study. While outcome data are not yet available on this group, the baseline data, gathered prior to intervention, are of interest and value. The paper describes the nature of parents' conflict with each other, the strength of their parental alliance, and the psychological functioning of their children at the time of presentation to the mediation service. High mental health risk for the children in these families is evident, both from parents' and children's perspectives. Uniquely, the paper includes the perceptions of 73 children about their parents' conflict and its impact on them. Implications are discussed, underscoring the imperative of early intervention with separating families that includes screening of the children's experience of conflict and their own needs for recovery.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028690

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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