Relationship Components and the Nature of Post Divorce Parenting Responsibilities Among Individuals Going Through a Divorce

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Journal of Divorce and Remarriage





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The relationship components and nature of postdivorce parenting responsibilities were examined among individuals going through different levels of conflict as measured by level of court involvement during their divorce and 6 months later. A modification of the Binuclear Family Research Project Questionnaire was employed to examine communication, interaction, anger, guilt, positive feelings, and attitude toward former spouse as a parent for 110 parents of children under the age of 18 going through a divorce or dissolution. Participants were classified into 1 of 4 groups based on level of court involvement: dissolution, divorce with low conflict, divorce with moderate conflict, and divorce with high conflict. Results suggested that individuals going through dissolutions have better communication, more interaction, and a more positive attitude toward their former spouse than individuals going through high-conflict divorces. Suggestions are offered for addressing postdivorce conflict and future research. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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Wesolowski, K. L., Nelson, W. M., III., & Bing, N. M. (2008). Relationship components and the nature of post divorce parenting responsibilities among individuals going through a divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 49(3-4), 258-271.