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The experience of single-parent adolescent toward postdivorce coparenting
This study assesses the utility of qualitative research method to investigate the pattern of coparenting after divorce and the feelings and experiences of the children themselves, as well as both promoter and suppresser of positive coparenting education. The research objects involved are the adolescents living in mother-custody associated with father's involvement. Through the purposive sampling method, there are seven single–parent adolescent have participated in in-depth interviews separately. The major findings are as fellows: 1.As long as the divorced spouses who have been treating each other rationally, and their children feeling loved by both of their parents. This would benefits the well being of children from not being disturbed of the loyal conflicts. Parental conflict would consequently promote children's negative emotions and behaviors. Children don't want to see their parents are troubled with arguing or fighting. 2.The patterns of coparenting after divorce can be further divided into three different types: “Cooperative Coparenting Relationships”, “Parallel Coparenting Relationships”, and “Competitive Alliance Relationships”. “Cooperative Coparenting Relationships” is the most common stereotype in the previous describing scenario; “Parallel Coparenting Relationships” the second, the “Competitive Alliance Relationships” would particularly happen in the following circumstance. 3.The differences between these three kinds of coparenting patterns have been changing since the date on which the deserting spouse divorced: “Cooperative Coparenting Relationships” is shifting from the embarrassing period of time – to coordinated phase；“Parallel Coparenting Relationships” is shifting from the initial phase of tension without totally isolated from each other – to later period of less communication and cooperation； “Competitive Alliance Relationships” is shifting from the initial phase of tension with conflicts and collisions – to increasing opportunity of cooperation. 4.The ideas from adolescent who were interviewed are including the open attitude of involvement and concern from mothers to fathers, the approval identity of father himself, the acceptance of the father from children, parents to act rationally in their child's best interests and etc. All of the above would favor a prosperous development of coparenting relationship after divorce. The suggestions of the research to divorcing parents, the real practice in the field and political policy have been brought up in the last paragraph, which including the single-parents family services, service adjustment proposal, enhance the Professional practice of relative workers, increase the accessibility and visibility resources of the divorce counseling, co-operation between social and academic system, promotion of the relevant policy and etc. At last, the restrictions of sampling to present as a part of the pattern of all those three different relations. There are also other suggestions of the future study of divorced parents with the purpose of deeper understanding of coparenting from different points of view.
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