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Why do fathers become disengaged from their children's lives? Maternal and paternal accounts of divorce in Greece.

Lewis, C. and Maka, Z. and Papacosta, A. (1997) Why do fathers become disengaged from their children's lives? Maternal and paternal accounts of divorce in Greece. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 28 (1/2). pp. 89-117.

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Abstract

After divorce almost 50% of fathers lose touch with their children. Two explanations have been offered. The continuity hypothesis states that post-divorce relationships match pre-divorce contact. The discontinuity hypothesis, following Kruk (1991), states that fathers who have been highly involved are more likely to become disengaged bccause of the pain of separation from their children. In two Greek studies, mothers (Study l) and mothers and fathers (Study 2) were interviewed about the precursors of the father's current relationship with the child. The results from both studies provide strong support for the continuity hypothesis. Discrepancies between these and Kruk's data may be explained by the impact of expectations and practices concerning fathers in different cultures upon their involvement after divorce. In Greece disengagement appears to be the consequence of low paternal investment in parenting.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Divorce and Remarriage
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18962
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2008 11:13
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18962

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