Divorce and the Singleparent Family System

  • Gill Gorell Barnes
Part of the Practical Social Work book series (PSWS)


Family pattern has so far been considered as an entity developed through the repeated impact of daily mutual influence. Parents who separate and divorce are different from parents who stay together. In deciding to separate they take a deliberate decision to push the marital system beyond the usual limits of its pattern. In order to create new ways of living, old ways have to be disbanded. The difficulty of achieving this kind of change should not be underestimated, since in spite of the changing outlook towards divorce, the process itself is rarely emotionally easy. Sensitivity to the violence, rage and acute personal turmoil that accompanies divorce should always be part of professional awareness when involved with families going through the process.


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© British Association of Social Workers 1984

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