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Exploring experiences of parental divorce in childhood using semi-structured interviews and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Livingstone, Paige (2019) Exploring experiences of parental divorce in childhood using semi-structured interviews and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

"This aim of this study was to explore experiences of parental divorce in childhood. The value of lived experience in the subject of parental divorce is underrepresented in the literature, so the research was centred around individual experiences. Three participants contributed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and then analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (henceforth IPA). Three themes emerged: inner conflict and confusion, change over time and acceptance. The theme of acceptance was split into two sub themes: acceptance for the sake of peace and ‘that’s just the way things are’. Participants described both positive and negative experiences of parental divorce, indicating the subjective, unique and deeply personalised nature of parental divorce. The study has implications on how we treat children during parental divorce and for future research."

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