E-MAILS, STATUTES, AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS: A CONTEXTUAL EXAMINATION OF THE PROCESSES, INTERVENTIONS, AND PERSPECTIVES OF PARENTING COORDINATORS
Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2012
© 2012 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Family Court Review
Volume 50, Issue 3, pages 429–440, July 2012
How to Cite
Hayes, S., Grady, M. and Brantley, H. T. (2012), E-MAILS, STATUTES, AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS: A CONTEXTUAL EXAMINATION OF THE PROCESSES, INTERVENTIONS, AND PERSPECTIVES OF PARENTING COORDINATORS. Family Court Review, 50: 429–440. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1617.2012.01458.x
- Issue online: 9 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 9 JUL 2012
- Parenting Coordination;
- Divorce Interventions;
- High Conflict Divorce;
- Ecological Systems Theory;
- Conflict Resolution
The current study uses a survey instrument to examine parenting coordination through the lens of Bronfenbrenner's Person, Process, Context, Time (PPCT) model. The survey focused on contextual factors such as statutes, local rules, interpersonal characteristics, dynamics of the clients, and background characteristics of parenting coordinators. Responses from a sample of PCs were obtained using list serves and a snowball sampling procedure. Results included the extent to which the parenting coordination process occurs through email and other technology rather than in-person sessions. Mental health disorders and inability to pay were primary barriers to the PC process.
Key Points for the Family Court Community:
- •There are many potential factors, both inside and outside a PC case, that influence the decisions that practitioners make when working with clients and, ultimately, on the results of the process.
- •The most salient contextual factors that influence the PC process were formal rules (statutes and/or local rules), interpersonal characteristics of the participants (personality disorders, socio-economic factors), and background characteristics of the PC (education, experience).