Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Coordination: Insights From the Montreal Parenting Coordination Pilot Project

Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Coordination: Insights From the Montreal Parenting Coordination Pilot Project

Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Coordination: Insights From the Montreal Parenting Coordination Pilot Project

Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Coordination: Insights From the Montreal Parenting Coordination Pilot Projects

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Référence bibliographique [19950]

Quigley, Catherine et Cyr, Francine. 2017. «Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Coordination: Insights From the Montreal Parenting Coordination Pilot Project ». Journal of Child Custody, vol. 14, no 2/3, p. 151-174.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The objective of this explorative study [is] to examine the impacts of parenting coordination on children and understand their view on this ADR [alternative dispute resolution].» (p. 167) «The first part of this study focuses on the measurable impacts of parenting coordination on the lives of the children involved.» (p. 157) La deuxième partie de l’étude mobilise une approche qualitative pour obtenir une compréhension plus complète de la perspective des enfants.

Questions/Hypothèses :
In regards to the first part of the study, «[t]he […] research questions are the following: As perceived by the child, was there a change between the beginning and the end of parental coordination in: 1. the intensity of the conflict between their parents? 2. the child’s psychological well-being (as perceived by the child and by his parents)? 3. the presence of loyalty conflicts (i.e., feeling of being caught between parents)?» (p. 158) «[The second] part of the study aimed at gaining knowledge on the following questions: Did the children experience the parenting coordination process positively or negatively? According to them, how did their family situation evolve regarding parental conflict? Was this process helpful for their family?» (p. 163)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The quantitative study included six children aged 7–17 years old (average of 11.8 years old; 67% boys, 33% girls) and their parents (six mothers and six fathers).» (p. 158) These Montreal families all received 40 hours of parenting coordination. Moreover, these same children, as well as some of their siblings, took part in the qualitative part of the study, for a total of 10 children.

Instruments :
- Questionnaires
- Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«Overall, there was no significant change between pretest and posttest results to the psychometric measures regarding parental conflict, child wellbeing, and loyalty conflict. Outcome measures filled by parents (internalizing and externalizing symptoms) also showed no change over time. However, interesting trends were observed for parental conflict as perceived by the child, especially intensity of conflict, where a moderate to large effect size was found. […] The trends observed in the statistical analyses somewhat confer with the main finding of the thematic analysis, where about half of the children interviewed spoke of a diminution in the conflict between their parents and/or feeling less caught between them. Some children noticed concrete improvements (e.g., not being used as a messenger anymore, not being dragged in parental conflict anymore, not hearing their parents complain about each other, being able to practice a sport, etc.), which have reportedly had positive impacts on their daily lives. […] Unfortunately, not all children in this study felt positively toward parenting coordination. Some of them expressed seeing no change in overall conflict or noticed an increase in conflict during or following parenting coordination.» (p. 168)