Shared parenting : adding children's voices and their measures of adjustment to the evaluation

Neoh, Jenni and Mellor, David 2010, Shared parenting : adding children's voices and their measures of adjustment to the evaluation, Journal of child custody, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 155-175, doi: 10.1080/15379418.2010.512230.

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Title Shared parenting : adding children's voices and their measures of adjustment to the evaluation
Author(s) Neoh, Jenni
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Journal of child custody
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 155
End page 175
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-07
ISSN 1537-9418
Keyword(s) child adjustment
parental separation
shared care
Summary Shared parenting has been advocated to be a better arrangement for children than sole residence and access arrangements after parental separation. Although there is some research on this issue, studies have been restricted in their reliance on the reports of others. In this paper, we report on a study in Australia, in which children in each of these arrangements were compared with children in intact families on a range of adjustment measures and with each other in relation to their responses to their parents' separation, using both self- and parent-reporting. We found that there was little difference between children in the three family configurations, suggesting that shared parenting is not necessarily associated with better outcomes for the child. On other aspects of adjustment, the children in shared parenting and sole residence/access families did not differ. We also found that parents in all groups underestimated the emotional problems reported by children. In separated families, they also overestimated the children's desire for parents to re-unite. Finally, we found that parents in shared parenting families are more satisfied with their situation than are their children, and fathers are particularly so. The findings suggest that the promotion of shared parenting as the best post-separation family structure is contestable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15379418.2010.512230
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
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