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

Sadowski, Christina and McIntosh, Jennifer E. 2015, A phenomenological analysis of the experience of security and contentment for latency aged children in shared-time parenting arrangements, Journal of phenomenological psychology, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 69-104, doi: 10.1163/15691624-12341285.

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Title A phenomenological analysis of the experience of security and contentment for latency aged children in shared-time parenting arrangements
Author(s) Sadowski, Christina
McIntosh, Jennifer E.ORCID iD for McIntosh, Jennifer E. orcid.org/0000-0003-4709-5003
Journal name Journal of phenomenological psychology
Volume number 46
Issue number 1
Start page 69
End page 104
Total pages 36
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Place of publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-06-10
ISSN 0047-2662
1569-1624
Keyword(s) children's experiences of divorce
joint custody
phenomenology
shared care
shared parenting
shared time parenting
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1163/15691624-12341285
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Brill Academic Publishers
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