Communicating in divorced families

Neil Ferguson, Gillian Douglas, Nigel Lowe, Mervyn Murch and Margaret Robinson

in Grandparenting in divorced families

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302452 | DOI:
Communicating in divorced families

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This chapter explores how, and to what extent, the three generations in the group of divorced families communicated with each other about marriage breakdown and its consequences. It looks at the way that parents warned their own parents about their impending separation, and then investigates what the grandchildren told their mothers, fathers, and grandparents about their relationships with the ‘other side’ of their divided families. It also investigates whether or not children are used as conduits for the flow of information between the two sides of the divorced family.

Keywords: communicating; divorced families; marriage breakdown; parents; grandchildren; grandparents

Chapter.  4171 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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