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By sbarbas
Dear Single Mum Members,

Research around divorce and separation in the past has focused largely on parent’s shortcomings including identifying and minimising risk. Although such research is important, there has been no enquiry into what factors are most useful to assist mothers with dependent children in coping with separation and divorce. This finding is concerning and given the important role that mothers play, it is critical that they are able to successfully overcome the adversity of separation and divorce to go on to lead happy and healthy lives for both themselves and their children. So what factors are most useful in assisting mothers to cope with separation and divorce? Knowledge of such factors and constructs that help mothers and subsequently their children through separation and divorce may actually benefit these individuals in a more proactive manner than simply acknowledging the possible problems that may be encountered.

I am currently seeking participants who either share (50/50) the care of their dependent (0 – 17 years old) children or who have LESS than 50% custody of their children to speak to about what helped the most following separation.

Dads – If you are a residential/custodial dad (have MORE than 51% custody of your children) Sarah would also love to speak with you.

Interested participants will be asked to complete at 60 – 90 minute telephone interview or face-to-face interview at a location that is convenient for them.

If you would like to participate in this exciting new research, please contact me at or on 0439 936 277.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Barbas
PhD Researcher
Edith Cowan University
Perth, Western Australia