It is expected that one out of four of all marriages will end in divorce within the first 10 years of marriage. This indicates that many young children experience divorce. Also, increasing rates of cohabitation among parents of young children place the children at an even higher risk of experiencing parental separation, due to high dissolution rates among these couples.
It is well known from the international research that children of divorce are at an increased risk of both emotional and behavioural problems. Norwegian day care centres are obliged to conduct individually care for all children. In case of divorce or separation the day care centres may be challenged by various reactions and behavioural changes among children, and by potential conflict among adults.
The main aim of the Bambi project was to gain knowledge of how day care centres can organise their work and care in order to meet special needs among children and families that experience divorce or separation. Qualitative studies was conducted among various groups of informants, including parents, children, staff, and professional family therapists. This R&D-project was accepted and supported by the Norwegian Research Council.
Family narratives through the eyes of an adult child of divorce
In this study the authors explored an adult’s retrospect recall of viewpoints of his parents divorce by applying Q methodology. Read the full article (pdf).