Postdivorce Parenting: A Study of Recently Divorced Mothers and Fathers

Anthony J. Ferraro, Taylor R. Davis, Raymond E. Petren, Kay Pasley

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Divorce is challenging for parents with children, commonly resulting in a series of individual and interpersonal adjustments. The time immediately following divorce can be particularly difficult. This study used a modified grounded theory approach to explore the experiences of 99 recently divorced mothers and fathers. Analysis of written narratives revealed 4 emergent groups of parents who described their postdivorce parenting experiences: good divorce, good enough, bad to better, and bad. Each group described their experiences across several areas including coparenting, father involvement, challenges of single parenting, personal turmoil, and their children’s adjustment. Implications for research and divorce education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-503
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Law


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