Title

Working with contact father families: Insights from therapy

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Academic Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology

RAS ID

160

Comments

Originally published as: Campbell, R. C., & Pike, L. T. (2002). Working with contact father families: Insights from therapy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 23(2), 101-107. Original article available here.

Abstract

The incidence of marital and relationship breakdown, in particular where children are involved, continues to increase across Australia. For the contact father, the psychological and emotional effects of separation are often experienced concurrently with many practical matters and can raise issues such as dealing with loss, identity development and constructive role restructuring. The adjustment period can also expose an increasing need to move on in developmental terms. This paper describes the effects of relationship or marital breakdown and ongoing adjustment issues upon those contact fathers who have not initiated separation, who have physically left the family home and in doing so, have left their children behind with the mother.

The paper also considers the psychological and therapeutic implications for working with this often marginalised group of clients. A working model which addresses various coping styles is presented.

DOI

10.1002/j.1467-8438.2002.tb00494.x

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1002/j.1467-8438.2002.tb00494.x