Skip to main content
main-content
Top

Tip

Swipe om te navigeren naar een ander artikel

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2022

01-04-2022 | Original Paper

A Mile in my Shoes: An Exploration of Custodial Mothers’ Perspectives on Empathy and its Role in Co-parenting and Paternal Involvement

Auteurs: Armon R. Perry, Aaron C. Rollins Jr., Abby Perez

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2022

Log in om toegang te krijgen
share
DELEN

Deel dit onderdeel of sectie (kopieer de link)

  • Optie A:
    Klik op de rechtermuisknop op de link en selecteer de optie “linkadres kopiëren”
  • Optie B:
    Deel de link per e-mail

Abstract

In contemporary society, fewer adults marry than in previous generations. It is also true that there have been increases in the number of non-marital births. The combination of these demographic trends mean that large numbers of fathers live apart from their children and are at risk for disengagement as a result of the conflict that characterizes many co-parenting relationships. In response, there is a burgeoning literature examining interventions aimed at improving co-parenting cooperation and reducing conflict. To further examine these issues, the purpose of this study was to give voice to custodial mothers enrolled in a co-parenting intervention to share their experiences and perspectives on their relationships with their children’s fathers and to offer their opinion regarding the most impactful components of the intervention. In-depth qualitative data were collected from 55 custodial mothers participating in focus groups and follow up individual interviews. Data analysis revealed that many of the mothers reported improvements in their co-parenting relationships over time. The absence or presence of empathy also emerged as a salient factor in shaping the mothers’ co-parenting experiences, a finding that may have implications for practitioners and researchers interested in the dynamics of family functioning.
Bijlagen
Alleen toegankelijk voor geautoriseerde gebruikers
Literatuur
go back to reference Bonach, K. (2009). Empirical support for the application of the forgiveness intervention model to postdivorce coparenting. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 50(1), 38–54. CrossRef Bonach, K. (2009). Empirical support for the application of the forgiveness intervention model to postdivorce coparenting. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 50(1), 38–54. CrossRef
go back to reference Bonach, K. (2005). Factors contributing to quality coparenting: Implications for family policy. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 43(3/4), 79–103. CrossRef Bonach, K. (2005). Factors contributing to quality coparenting: Implications for family policy. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 43(3/4), 79–103. CrossRef
go back to reference Bonach, K., Sales, E., & Koeske, G. (2005). Gender differences in perceptions of coparenting quality among expartners. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 43(1/2), 1–28. CrossRef Bonach, K., Sales, E., & Koeske, G. (2005). Gender differences in perceptions of coparenting quality among expartners. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 43(1/2), 1–28. CrossRef
go back to reference Braver, S. L., Sandler, I. N., Cohen Hita, L., & Wheeler, L. A. (2016). A randomized comparative effectiveness trial of two court-connected programs for high-conflict families. Family Court Review, 54(3), 349–363. CrossRef Braver, S. L., Sandler, I. N., Cohen Hita, L., & Wheeler, L. A. (2016). A randomized comparative effectiveness trial of two court-connected programs for high-conflict families. Family Court Review, 54(3), 349–363. CrossRef
go back to reference Carlson, L. (2020). Fatherhood in the U.S.: The decoupling of marriage and childbearing. Family Profiles, FP-20-14. National Center for Family & Marriage. Carlson, L. (2020). Fatherhood in the U.S.: The decoupling of marriage and childbearing. Family Profiles, FP-20-14. National Center for Family & Marriage.
go back to reference Creswell, J.W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Sage Publications. Creswell, J.W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Sage Publications.
go back to reference Dion, R., Zaveri, H., & Holcomb, P. (2015). Responsible fatherhood programs in the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation. Family Court Review, 53(2), 292–303. CrossRef Dion, R., Zaveri, H., & Holcomb, P. (2015). Responsible fatherhood programs in the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation. Family Court Review, 53(2), 292–303. CrossRef
go back to reference Dixon, P. (2009). Marriage among African Americans: What does the research reveal? Journal of African American Studies, 13(1), 29–46. CrossRef Dixon, P. (2009). Marriage among African Americans: What does the research reveal? Journal of African American Studies, 13(1), 29–46. CrossRef
go back to reference Doyle, O., Estroff, S., Goldston, D. B., Dzirasa, E., Fontes, M., & Burriss, A. (2014). “You gotta have a good help mate”: African American fathers’ co-parenting experiences. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 15(4), 377–386. CrossRef Doyle, O., Estroff, S., Goldston, D. B., Dzirasa, E., Fontes, M., & Burriss, A. (2014). “You gotta have a good help mate”: African American fathers’ co-parenting experiences. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 15(4), 377–386. CrossRef
go back to reference Fackrell, T. A., Hawkins, A. J., & Kay, N. M. (2011). How effective are court affiliated divorcing parents’ education programs? A meta-analytic study. Family Court Review, 49(1), 107–119. CrossRef Fackrell, T. A., Hawkins, A. J., & Kay, N. M. (2011). How effective are court affiliated divorcing parents’ education programs? A meta-analytic study. Family Court Review, 49(1), 107–119. CrossRef
go back to reference Fagan, J., Cherson, M., Brown, C., & Vecere, E. (2015). Pilot study of a program to increase mothers’ understanding of dads. Family Process, 54(4), 581–589. CrossRef Fagan, J., Cherson, M., Brown, C., & Vecere, E. (2015). Pilot study of a program to increase mothers’ understanding of dads. Family Process, 54(4), 581–589. CrossRef
go back to reference Fagan, J., & Cherson, M. (2017). Maternal gatekeeping: The associations among facilitation, encouragement, and low-income fathers’ engagement with young children. Journal of Family Issues, 38(5), 633–653. CrossRef Fagan, J., & Cherson, M. (2017). Maternal gatekeeping: The associations among facilitation, encouragement, and low-income fathers’ engagement with young children. Journal of Family Issues, 38(5), 633–653. CrossRef
go back to reference Fagan, J., & Kaufman, R. (2015). Co-Parenting relationships among low-income, unmarried parents: Perspectives of fathers in fatherhood programs. Family Court Review, 53(2), 304–316. CrossRef Fagan, J., & Kaufman, R. (2015). Co-Parenting relationships among low-income, unmarried parents: Perspectives of fathers in fatherhood programs. Family Court Review, 53(2), 304–316. CrossRef
go back to reference Ferraro, A., Malespin, T., Oehme, K., Bruker, M., & Opel, A. (2016). Advancing co parenting education: Toward a foundation for supporting positive post-divorce adjustment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(5), 407–415. CrossRef Ferraro, A., Malespin, T., Oehme, K., Bruker, M., & Opel, A. (2016). Advancing co parenting education: Toward a foundation for supporting positive post-divorce adjustment. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(5), 407–415. CrossRef
go back to reference Finzi-Dottan, R., & Cohen, O. (2014). Predictors of parental communication and cooperation among divorcing spouses. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 23(1), 39–51. CrossRef Finzi-Dottan, R., & Cohen, O. (2014). Predictors of parental communication and cooperation among divorcing spouses. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 23(1), 39–51. CrossRef
go back to reference Goldberg, J. S., & Carlson, M. J. (2015). Patterns and predictors of coparenting after unmarried parents part. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(3), 416–426. CrossRef Goldberg, J. S., & Carlson, M. J. (2015). Patterns and predictors of coparenting after unmarried parents part. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(3), 416–426. CrossRef
go back to reference Goldberg, J. S. (2015). Coparenting and nonresident fathers’ monetary contributions to their children. Journal of Marriage & Family, 77(3), 612–627. CrossRef Goldberg, J. S. (2015). Coparenting and nonresident fathers’ monetary contributions to their children. Journal of Marriage & Family, 77(3), 612–627. CrossRef
go back to reference Gürmen, M. S., Huff, S. C., Brown, E., Orbuch, T. L., & Birditt, K. S. (2017). Divorced yet still together: Ongoing personal relationship and coparenting among divorced parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(8), 645–660. CrossRef Gürmen, M. S., Huff, S. C., Brown, E., Orbuch, T. L., & Birditt, K. S. (2017). Divorced yet still together: Ongoing personal relationship and coparenting among divorced parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(8), 645–660. CrossRef
go back to reference Laxman, D. J., Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Rossmiller-Giesing, W., Brown, G. L., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2013). Stability and antecedents of coparenting quality: The role of parent personality and child temperament. Infant Behavior & Development, 36(2), 210–222. CrossRef Laxman, D. J., Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S. C., Rossmiller-Giesing, W., Brown, G. L., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2013). Stability and antecedents of coparenting quality: The role of parent personality and child temperament. Infant Behavior & Development, 36(2), 210–222. CrossRef
go back to reference Marczak, M. S., Becher, E. H., Hardman, A. M., Galos, D. L., & Ruhland, E. (2015). Strengthening the role of unmarried fathers: Findings from the co-parent court project. Family Process, 54(4), 630–638. CrossRef Marczak, M. S., Becher, E. H., Hardman, A. M., Galos, D. L., & Ruhland, E. (2015). Strengthening the role of unmarried fathers: Findings from the co-parent court project. Family Process, 54(4), 630–638. CrossRef
go back to reference Markham, M. S., & Coleman, M. (2012). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Divorced mothers’experiences with coparenting. Family Relations, 61(4), 586–600. CrossRef Markham, M. S., & Coleman, M. (2012). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Divorced mothers’experiences with coparenting. Family Relations, 61(4), 586–600. CrossRef
go back to reference Mazza, C., & Perry, A. (2017). Fatherhood in America: Social work perspectives on a changing society. Charles C. Thomas Publishers. Mazza, C., & Perry, A. (2017). Fatherhood in America: Social work perspectives on a changing society. Charles C. Thomas Publishers.
go back to reference McHale, J. P., & Lindahl, K. M. (2011). Coparenting: A conceptual and clinical examination of family systems. American Psychological Association. McHale, J. P., & Lindahl, K. M. (2011). Coparenting: A conceptual and clinical examination of family systems. American Psychological Association.
go back to reference McHale, J. P., & Negrini, L. S. (2018). How the assumption of a coparenting frame will transform social work practice with men and fathers. Social Work Research, 42(1), 9–21. CrossRef McHale, J. P., & Negrini, L. S. (2018). How the assumption of a coparenting frame will transform social work practice with men and fathers. Social Work Research, 42(1), 9–21. CrossRef
go back to reference McHale, J. P., Salman, E. S., & Coovert, M. D. (2015). Improvements in unmarried African American parents’ rapport, communication, and problem-solving following a prenatal coparenting intervention. Family Process, 54(4), 619–629. CrossRef McHale, J. P., Salman, E. S., & Coovert, M. D. (2015). Improvements in unmarried African American parents’ rapport, communication, and problem-solving following a prenatal coparenting intervention. Family Process, 54(4), 619–629. CrossRef
go back to reference McHale, J., Waller, M. R., & Pearson, J. (2012). Coparenting interventions for fragile families: What do we know and where do we need to go next? Family Process, 51(3), 284–306. CrossRef McHale, J., Waller, M. R., & Pearson, J. (2012). Coparenting interventions for fragile families: What do we know and where do we need to go next? Family Process, 51(3), 284–306. CrossRef
go back to reference McIntosh, J. E., & Tan, E. S. (2017). Young children in divorce and separation: Pilot study of a mediation-based co-parenting intervention. Family Court Review, 55(3), 329–344. CrossRef McIntosh, J. E., & Tan, E. S. (2017). Young children in divorce and separation: Pilot study of a mediation-based co-parenting intervention. Family Court Review, 55(3), 329–344. CrossRef
go back to reference Owen, J., & Rhoades, G. K. (2012). Reducing interparental conflict among parents in contentious child custody disputes: An initial investigation of the Working Together Program. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 38(3), 542–555. CrossRef Owen, J., & Rhoades, G. K. (2012). Reducing interparental conflict among parents in contentious child custody disputes: An initial investigation of the Working Together Program. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 38(3), 542–555. CrossRef
go back to reference Pearson, J. (2015). Parenting time and co-parenting for unmarried parents. Family Court Review, 53(2), 217–220. CrossRef Pearson, J. (2015). Parenting time and co-parenting for unmarried parents. Family Court Review, 53(2), 217–220. CrossRef
go back to reference Perrier, R., Bernier, A., Dirks, M., Daspe, M. È., & Larose-Grégoire, É. (2020). Longitudinal linkages between coparenting and subsequent friendship quality in middle childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(11), 3091–3102. CrossRef Perrier, R., Bernier, A., Dirks, M., Daspe, M. È., & Larose-Grégoire, É. (2020). Longitudinal linkages between coparenting and subsequent friendship quality in middle childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(11), 3091–3102. CrossRef
go back to reference Perry, A., Rollins, A., Grooms, W., & Sabree, R. (2017). Mothers’ and fathers’ report of coparenting relationship quality, attitudes toward father involvement, and paternal prioritized roles. Urban Social Work, 1(2), 165–182. CrossRef Perry, A., Rollins, A., Grooms, W., & Sabree, R. (2017). Mothers’ and fathers’ report of coparenting relationship quality, attitudes toward father involvement, and paternal prioritized roles. Urban Social Work, 1(2), 165–182. CrossRef
go back to reference Perry, A., Rollins, A., & Perez, A. (2020). Fatherhood & coparenting: Full report. Fatherhood Research and Practice Network. Perry, A., Rollins, A., & Perez, A. (2020). Fatherhood & coparenting: Full report. Fatherhood Research and Practice Network.
go back to reference Petren, R. E., Ferraro, A. J., Davis, T. R., & Pasley, K. (2017). Factors linked with coparenting support and conflict after divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(3), 145–160. CrossRef Petren, R. E., Ferraro, A. J., Davis, T. R., & Pasley, K. (2017). Factors linked with coparenting support and conflict after divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(3), 145–160. CrossRef
go back to reference Robb, A. (2012). Zero to three: parenting issues and parenting plans for young children’. American Journal of Family Law, 26(1), 15–22. Robb, A. (2012). Zero to three: parenting issues and parenting plans for young children’. American Journal of Family Law, 26(1), 15–22.
go back to reference Ruhland, E. L., Hardman, A. M., Becher, E. H., & Marczak, M. S. (2016). Co-parent court: A problem-solving, community-based model for serving low-income unmarried co-parents. Family Court Review, 54(3), 336–348. CrossRef Ruhland, E. L., Hardman, A. M., Becher, E. H., & Marczak, M. S. (2016). Co-parent court: A problem-solving, community-based model for serving low-income unmarried co-parents. Family Court Review, 54(3), 336–348. CrossRef
go back to reference Russell, L. T., Beckmeyer, J. J., Coleman, M., & Ganong, L. (2016). Perceived barriers to postdivorce coparenting: Differences between men and women and associations with coparenting behaviors. Family Relations, 65(3), 450–461. CrossRef Russell, L. T., Beckmeyer, J. J., Coleman, M., & Ganong, L. (2016). Perceived barriers to postdivorce coparenting: Differences between men and women and associations with coparenting behaviors. Family Relations, 65(3), 450–461. CrossRef
go back to reference Saldana, J. (2021). The coding manual for qualitative researchers. Sage Publications. Saldana, J. (2021). The coding manual for qualitative researchers. Sage Publications.
go back to reference Salman-Engin, S., Little, T., Gaskin-Butler, V., & McHale, J. P. (2017). A prenatal coparenting intervention with unmarried father-mother dyads: Fidelity of intervention delivery by male-female community mentor teams. Journal of Nursing Research, 25(3), 240–250. CrossRef Salman-Engin, S., Little, T., Gaskin-Butler, V., & McHale, J. P. (2017). A prenatal coparenting intervention with unmarried father-mother dyads: Fidelity of intervention delivery by male-female community mentor teams. Journal of Nursing Research, 25(3), 240–250. CrossRef
go back to reference Schweizer, V. (2018). Marriage rate in the U.S.: Geographic variation, 2017. Family Profiles, FP-18-20. National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Schweizer, V. (2018). Marriage rate in the U.S.: Geographic variation, 2017. Family Profiles, FP-18-20. National Center for Family & Marriage Research.
go back to reference Stolz, H. E., Sizemore, K. M., Shideler, M. J., LaGraff, M. R., & Moran, H. B. (2017). Parenting together: Evaluation of a parenting program for never-married parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(5), 358–370. CrossRef Stolz, H. E., Sizemore, K. M., Shideler, M. J., LaGraff, M. R., & Moran, H. B. (2017). Parenting together: Evaluation of a parenting program for never-married parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(5), 358–370. CrossRef
go back to reference Umemura, T., Christopher, C., Mann, T., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2015). Coparenting problems with toddlers predict children’s symptoms of psychological problems at age 7. Child Psychiatry Human Development, 46(6), 981–996. CrossRef Umemura, T., Christopher, C., Mann, T., Jacobvitz, D., & Hazen, N. (2015). Coparenting problems with toddlers predict children’s symptoms of psychological problems at age 7. Child Psychiatry Human Development, 46(6), 981–996. CrossRef
go back to reference Visser, M., Finkenauer, C., Schoemaker, K., Kluwer, E., Rijken, R., Lawick, J., & Lamers-Winkelman, F. (2017). I’ll never forgive you: High conflict divorce, social network, and co-parenting conflicts. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 26(11), 3055–3066. CrossRef Visser, M., Finkenauer, C., Schoemaker, K., Kluwer, E., Rijken, R., Lawick, J., & Lamers-Winkelman, F. (2017). I’ll never forgive you: High conflict divorce, social network, and co-parenting conflicts. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 26(11), 3055–3066. CrossRef
Metagegevens
Titel
A Mile in my Shoes: An Exploration of Custodial Mothers’ Perspectives on Empathy and its Role in Co-parenting and Paternal Involvement
Auteurs
Armon R. Perry
Aaron C. Rollins Jr.
Abby Perez
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2022
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02268-3