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Conflict and co-parenting: the constructs of non-resident fathers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Graeme Wilson


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Scots law constructs a co-parental role for non-resident fathers without clarifying how this should operate in practice. Personal Construct Theory (PCT) offers a useful approach to understanding such fathers’ distinct and changing conceptions of their role. Findings are presented from a study of 17 non-resident Scottish fathers maintaining contact with non-resident children. Idiographic analysis of data from repertory grid interviews administered three times over the course of a year shows that participants perceive family situations in terms of paternal involvement, impact, emotion or antagonism. Changes in construing following family events support the PCT understanding of hostility; implications for family services are discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wilson GB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Family Court Review

Year: 2008

Volume: 46

Issue: 4

Pages: 609-621

ISSN (print): 1531-2445


DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-1617.2008.00227.x


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