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A Qualitative Study on Children`s Experiences of Parental Divorce and Adaptation to Single-Father Families
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  • Journal title : Family and Environment Research
  • Volume 54, Issue 1,  2016, pp.83-95
  • Publisher : The Korean Home Economics Association
  • DOI : 10.6115/fer.2016.007
 Title & Authors
A Qualitative Study on Children`s Experiences of Parental Divorce and Adaptation to Single-Father Families
Kim, Gihwa; Yang, Sungeun;
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 Abstract
This study explored the processes of parental divorce and adaptation in single-parent families as well as examined how the experience of living in family welfare facilities influences the adaptation process of such families. The research question to achieve the study objective was, "What is the adaption process for a singlefather family, and what influence does living in a single-father family welfare facility have on that process?" Data collection was conducted between June 2013 and April 2014 that included an in-depth interview process and continuous participatory observations on 14 children residing in the facility. The study results were as follows. The theme in a two-parent family period was `changes in reduction of family: serious conflicts between parents.` Children directly witnessed intense conflicts between parents and experienced anxiety from situations that involved verbal and physical violence during the two-parent family period. The experience of children prior to entering the facility was represented by "loss and confusion experienced." The theme for children of singlefather family in entering a facility was "selecting a realistic alternative." Children`s daily activities consisted of being with friends of a similar age, which allowed them to play and support each other in building social skills. The facility departure theme for the children was "hope for a new life."
 Keywords
parental divorce;single-father family;qualitative research;
 Language
Korean
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