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Enduring conflict in parental separation: pathways of impact on child development

McIntosh, Jennifer 2003, Enduring conflict in parental separation: pathways of impact on child development, Journal of family studies, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 63-80, doi: 10.5172/jfs.9.1.63.

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Title Enduring conflict in parental separation: pathways of impact on child development
Author(s) McIntosh, Jennifer
Journal name Journal of family studies
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 80
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 1322-9400
1839-3543
Keyword(s) children
divorce
parental conflict
development
adjustment
Summary There are established research truths about parental conflict and its impact on children which are increasingly respected in practice: divorce does not have to be harmful; parental conflict is a more potent predictor of child adjustment than is divorce; conflict resolution is important to children’s coping with divorce. This synopsis of recent research moves beyond these truths, to a review of emerging “news” from the literature, with a focus on known impacts of entrenched parental conflict on children’s development and capacity to adjust to separation. The findings are illustrated by the case of two siblings, Jack and Rachel1, seen in short-term therapy by the author, in the period following their parents’ highly conflictive separation. From a practitioner’s chair, the news is more than noteworthy. It provides compelling arguments for a move beyond truisms about parental conflict and children’s adjustment, beyond wishful myths of resilience, to look at the process of impact on development, within the context of parental dispute and family restructure.
Language eng
DOI 10.5172/jfs.9.1.63
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2003, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091130

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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