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Title: An exploration of how parental divorce/separation may affect a child's internal world during latency/middle childhood : a mixed methods design
Author: Heider, Donia
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 7714
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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The primary aim of the current thesis was to gain an understanding of how divorce/separation is experienced by children during the period of latency/middle childhood. This was explored from three perspectives; firstly, from the child’s perspective through the following investigations: (a) Children’s caregiver/attachment representations were evaluated quantitatively using the Story Stem Assessment Profile (SSAP) and comparisons were made between children from separated (n = 29) and non-separated families (n = 39); (b) a topic-relevant story stem was developed to target the experience of parental separation and to inform the current thesis about children’s internal representations post-divorce, whilst determining its psychometric robustness; and, (c) a projective qualitative measure was developed and administered to children from separated families (n = 28). Secondly, divorced co-parents in conflict (n = 9) completed The Parent Development Interview (PDI) which was analysed qualitatively to explore features of their reflective functioning (RF). The PDIs provided the current thesis with an indirect examination of the latency-age child’s internal world post-divorce. Thirdly, Online Focus Groups (OFG) were conducted with schoolteachers (n = 10) and qualitatively analysed. This provided another perspective from a close attachment figure, in order to attain an indirect examination of the latency-age child’s internal world post-divorce. The current thesis offers a preliminary foundation from which these multiple perspectives and their convergence with one another, demonstrate the need for future studies into the internal experience of latency-age children post-divorce.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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