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A phenomenological analysis of the experience of security and contentment for latency aged children in shared-time parenting arrangements

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posted on 10.06.2015, 00:00 authored by C Sadowski, Jennifer McintoshJennifer Mcintosh
This study explored the lived experience of security and contentment, and their absence, for latency-aged children (aged 8-12) living in shared-time parenting arrangements following their parents' separation. A descriptive phenomenological methodology was utilized (Giorgi, 1985, 2009; Giorgi & Giorgi, 2003, 2008). Sixteen children living in shared-time were interviewed about their experiences of two phenomena: "feeling secure and content living in shared-time" and "not feeling secure and content living in shared-time." The eight richest protocols were selected for analysis. The two resultant general structures and their core constituents are presented, and individual variations discussed. Central to each phenomenon is the parent/s' capacity, or incapacity, to create and sustain a physical and emotional space in which the child feels secure and held in the mind, feels the arrangements are responsive to their needs, feels free to access the "absent" parent, and experiences integration between the two parental homes. Implications for phenomenological human science research are considered, including the use of descriptive phenomenology with children.

History

Journal

Journal of phenomenological psychology

Volume

46

Issue

1

Pagination

69 - 104

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

Location

Leiden, The Netherlands

ISSN

0047-2662

eISSN

1569-1624

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Brill Academic Publishers