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Parental separation and overnight care of young children, part I: consensus through theoretical and empirical integration

journal contribution
posted on 01.04.2014, 00:00 authored by M K Pruett, Jennifer McintoshJennifer Mcintosh, J B Kelly
The AFCC Think Tank on Research, Policy, Practice, and Shared Parenting was convened in response to an identified need for a progression of thinking in the family law field, removed from the current polarizing debates surrounding the postseparation care of infants and very young children. We share this goal as our research and commentaries have been centrally implicated in the current controversies. Our collaboration over this empirical paper and its clinical counterpart endorses the need for higher-order thinking, away from dichotomous arguments, to more inclusive solutions grounded in an integrated psycho-developmental perspective. We first critically appraise the theoretical and empirical origins of current controversies relevant to attachment and parental involvement research. We then describe how attachment and parental involvement contribute complementary perspectives that, taken together, provide a sound basis from which to understand the needs of very young children in separated families. As a companion piece, Part II offers a collective view of a way forward for decision making about overnights for infants and young children, toward the integration of theoretical and empirical with clinical wisdom.

History

Journal

Family court review

Volume

52

Issue

2

Pagination

240 - 255

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Location

Hoboken, N.J.

ISSN

1531-2445

eISSN

1744-1617

Language

eng

Notes

From the Special Issue: AFCC Think Tank on Shared Parenting- Closing the Gap: Research, Policy, Practice, and Shared Parenting

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts