The voice of the child in parental divorce: implications for clinical practice and mental health practitioners

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 29, issue 2, 2017 , pages: 169–178
DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2017.1345746
Author(s): Carrie BrandPsychology Department, South Africa, Greg HowcroftPsychology Department, South Africa, Christopher Norman HoelsonPsychology Department, South Africa


Objective: Research on parental divorce suggests that the nature of the divorce process, as experienced by the child, is the most important factor in his or her post-divorce adjustment. Research regarding children’s experiences of the divorce process has been limited and the adult perspective has dominated the discourse on divorce; only recently has research started to consider children’s viewpoint. This article describes a narrative inquiry into the experiences and perceptions of parental divorce, of 9- to 10-year-old children. Its aim is to use children’s stories of parental divorce to inform the practice of professionals working with such children.

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