Using innovative, participatory research methods, this book offers new insights into the issues surrounding parental separation or divorce from the unique perspective, and retrospectives, of young adults. As they look back on their childhood, their views provide valuable insights into how children experience and accommodate their parents’ separation.
Drawing on the qualitative research findings, Kay-Flowers develops a new framework to provide a useful analytical tool for academics and practitioners working with children and families to make sense of young people’s experiences and puts forward suggestions for improving support for children in the future.
“Kay-Flowers combines her professional experience… as well as her research findings from the study discussed in this book to provide new considerations for those who work with children and families during separation… Her research gives important insight into how parents and professionals can better serve the interests of children and help them accommodate in a healthy manner to parental separation.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence
“Combining interesting theory and research, this book captures young people’s voices and explores some of the fundamental issues surrounding parental separation. It presents thought-provoking discussions for academics, practitioners and students.” Rebecca Westrup, University of East Anglia
Susan Kay-Flowers is a programme leader at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research experience in the area of children and young people’s relationships builds on her earlier professional career in probation and the family courts.
What is known about children’s experience of parental separation and divorce;
The Research Study;
Constructing a new framework for understanding children’s accommodation of parental separation;
Setting the context for the framework: Emotions;