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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness

Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness

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(p.184) (p.185) Chapter Fifteen Children and family transitions: contact and togetherness
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Family troubles?
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Hayley Davies

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0015

This chapter uses interview data from children aged 8-10 years who had experienced parental separation and/or divorce (and sometimes multiple family transitions) to discuss their accounts of contact with non-resident parents and the negotiations involved in maintaining both the practice and the meaning of connection. While contact may have mixed implications for children, loss or lack of contact was often a source of distress that children were active in attempting to change, although their ability to negotiate this successfully was highly dependent on the adults in their lives and the relationships between them.

Keywords:   Non-resident parents, Contact, Children, Separation, Divorce

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