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  • The changing family in Northern Ireland: Young people and divorce

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    Youth & Society, Vol: 32, Page: 81-106,Sage Publications

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    Aims & Objectives:

    This study examines young people's experiences of the divorce process and the help provided by family, friends, and professionals


    Northern Ireland's divorce culture is different from that of other parts of the UK, and its support services for children from divorcing families are underdeveloped. This study explored young people's experiences of the divorce process and the help provided by family, friends, and professionals. 37 young people (aged 12-18 yrs) responded to interview questions. From their perspective, the separation/divorce process was a lengthy one frequently underpinned by a narrative of acrimony and violence. Extended family and peers were important sources of social support. There was little evidence of productive alliances with siblings. 19 of the teenagers had used a specialist counseling service; they were very positive about this service, but their experiences of other services were more mixed. These findings suggest the need for a more structured and coordinated approach to service provision for children and young people. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Margaret I. Fawcett

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Qualitative Study » Qualitative Studies


    0044-118X 1552-8499 Accession Number: 2000-02452-004. First Author & Affiliation: Fawcett, Margaret I.; Queen's U of Belfast, Social Work Dept, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other Journal Title: Youth & Society. Release Date: 20000913. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Counseling; Divorce; Health Care Utilization; Social Support. Classification: Divorce & Remarriage (2953) . Population: Human (10) Male (30) Female (40) . Location: Northern Ireland. Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs) (100) School Age (6-12 yrs) (180) Adolescence (13-17 yrs) (200) Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) (320) . Methodology: Empirical Study



    International Classification:

    Other - perspectives



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)