Young adults from divorced families : a conceptual framework for practice

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. H.G. Pretorius en_US
dc.contributor.author Spalding, Belinda
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-04T07:58:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-04T07:58:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-04
dc.date.submitted 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6862
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract Over the years it has become clear that divorce is an increasingly common occurrence. As a legal process, divorce sanctions the dissolution of a marriage but it does not necessarily dissolve the connections that developed between the individuals during a marriage. This is particularly the case when children are involved. Parents might choose to relinquish their connection to each other as husband and wife but they cannot relinquish the connection to their children as mother and father. This study was designed to explore the way in which the effects of parental divorce surface during the developmental period of young adulthood. The aim of the study was to offer some insight into the long-term effects of parental divorce and to add to the knowledge and understanding of this complex phenomenon. The design of the study was qualitative and data was collected through in-depth unstructured interviews with three young adults who have experienced parental divorce. The interviews with each of the participants were conducted as part of a therapeutic process. An intra-individual analysis of the information offered by each participant rendered an understanding of their phenomenological experience of parental divorce while an inter-individual analysis of their accounts permitted a discussion of common and contrasting themes and patterns. The literature reviews on the effects of parental divorce and the findings of this study, have formed the basis for a proposed a theoretical framework which will enhance the understanding of the phenomenological experience of parental divorce. It is hoped that the information gained will serve as guidelines for those working with individuals who have experienced parental divorce. Key Words: Parental divorce, young adult, identity, relationship, holism, system, cybernetics, constructivism, phenomenological, qualitative investigation, process. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Young adults - Mental health - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Children of divorced parents - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Children of divorced parents - Mental health - Research - South Africa en_US
dc.title Young adults from divorced families : a conceptual framework for practice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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