Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 314 Gentry Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
Transitioning to Postdivorce Family Life: A Grounded Theory Investigation of Resilience in Coparenting
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2014
© 2014 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 63, Issue 3, pages 411–423, July 2014
How to Cite
Jamison, T. B., Coleman, M., Ganong, L. H. and Feistman, R. E. (2014), Transitioning to Postdivorce Family Life: A Grounded Theory Investigation of Resilience in Coparenting. Family Relations, 63: 411–423. doi: 10.1111/fare.12074
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2014
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 29 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 23 APR 2013
Court-ordered shared physical and legal custody has led to greater numbers of couples that must coparent following divorce. We conducted a grounded theory study to examine resilience processes in postdivorce coparenting. Data were collected through in-depth interviews from 47 divorced mothers and fathers. The analysis revealed that successfully transitioning from married to divorced coparenting required intrapersonal changes (i.e., how participants thought and felt about their ex-partners) as well as behavioral changes (e.g., avoiding conflict). Parents who reported focusing on children, regulating their emotional responses, and choosing battles about time and money were more effective than those who had difficulty letting go of divorce anger or engaged in frequent conflicts. Implications for parent educators and clinicians are discussed.