On laughter and loss. Children's experiences of shared time, parenting and security post-separation

Sadowski, Christina and McIntosh, Jennifer E. 2016, On laughter and loss. Children's experiences of shared time, parenting and security post-separation, Childhood, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 69-86, doi: 10.1177/0907568215570072.

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Title On laughter and loss. Children's experiences of shared time, parenting and security post-separation
Author(s) Sadowski, Christina
McIntosh, Jennifer E.ORCID iD for McIntosh, Jennifer E. orcid.org/0000-0003-4709-5003
Journal name Childhood
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 69
End page 86
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 0907-5682
Keyword(s) Children and divorce
Children’s experiences
Children’s views of divorce
Joint custody
Shared care
Shared parenting
Shared time parenting
Summary Among the research, practice and socio-legal commentary on the substantial sharing of parenting time after separation, children’s voices about their experiences remain overwhelmingly silent. This article draws on findings of a descriptive phenomenological study which investigated Australian school-aged (8- to 12-year-old) children’s descriptions of two binary phenomena: security and contentment in shared time arrangements, and the absence of security and contentment in shared time parenting. Specifically, this article focuses on exploring parental behaviours and interactions recognised by children as sources of security in shared time lifestyles, through happy and needy times. Central to this is the juxtaposition of the child’s experience of security and shared enjoyment with the present parent, against the absence of security emanating from unresolved longing for the ‘absent’ parent. The article provides an empirically derived formulation of children’s advice to parents about shared time parenting, with relevance for family law related parent education forums.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0907568215570072
Field of Research 16 Studies In Human Society
13 Education
22 Philosophy And Religious Studies
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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