Marie Jahoda Summer School 2019

Divorce and children: consequences - perspectives - progress

September 16-20, 2019

Divorce rates are at high levels across the Western world. A divorce or separation entails the need to reorganize the family in many ways and implies substantial challenges at various levels, including – among many others – issues of custody and parent-child contact, residence, wellbeing, economic matters, family relationships or arrangements of everyday lives. Furthermore, researching this topic demands innovative methodical approaches and careful reflection about the underlying methodological considerations.

The Marie Jahoda Summer School 2019 will focus on separation/divorce, its consequences and its challenges from different perspectives. We encourage submissions on the determinants of separation/divorce, the consequences of separation/divorce, legal issues as well as methodological contributions. Some examples are: living with single mothers, new partners and stepfamilies, challenges for everyday lives, adult ‘children’ of divorce (grey divorce revolution), multi-local families, (new) forms of child custody, parents’ rights, child wellbeing and children’s best interests. Submissions that use qualitative or quantitative methods as well as various theoretical approaches are encouraged. Research that focuses on children's perspectives on separation/divorce is especially welcome.

Keynote by Susan L. Brown

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 6pm

We cordially invite you to the public keynote speech entitled "Divorce and its Aftermath for Children: New Findings, New Challenges". In this keynote Dr. Susan Brown (Bowling Green State University) provides an overview of divorce trends and patterns from an international comparative perspective. She also describes key findings about the implications of divorce for children, highlighting novel insights from the latest research on children's experience of parental divorce. She pays particular attention to the long-term consequences of divorce for children's adjustment through adulthood and the effects on intergenerational relationships across the life course. In line with the rise in gray divorce among adults over age 50, she explores how parental divorce in the second half of life alters aging parent-adult child relationship dynamics. The address concludes with a consideration of the critical challenges facing the field that inform directions for future research.



Sky Lounge
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1
1090 Vienna

Participation is free of charge.

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