Research around divorce and separation in the past has focused largely on parent’s shortcomings, including identifying and minimising risk.
Although such research is important, Ms Barbas said there has been no enquiry into what factors are most useful to assist mothers with dependent children in coping with separation and divorce.
“This finding is concerning and given the important role that mothers play, it is critical that they are able to successfully overcome the adversity of separation and divorce to go on to lead happy and healthy lives for both themselves and their children,” Ms Barbas said.
“Knowledge of the factors which assist mothers and subsequently their children through separation and divorce may actually benefit these individuals in a more proactive manner than simply acknowledging the possible problems that may be encountered.”
Ms Barbas is currently seeking participants who either share (50/50) of the care of their dependent (0 to 17 years old) children or who have less than 50 per cent custody of their children to speak to about what helped the most following separation.
In addition, if you are a residential/custodial dad (i.e. have more than 51 per cent custody of your children), Ms Barbas would also love to speak with you.
Interested participants will be asked to complete a 60 to 90 minute telephone interview or face-to-face interview at a location that is convenient for them.
To learn more about this study email Sarah Barbas.