Loss and Separation Anxiety

Researchers report symptoms in divorced parents similar to bereavement; both parents experience feeling of loss, previously unrecognised dependency needs, guilt, anxiety and depression The pervasive sensation of the non-custodial parent is that of the loss of their child (Hetherington, Cox, & Cox 1978; Kruk 1992; McMurray 1992; Jordan 1996)   


Hetherington E. M., Cox M., & Cox R (1978). The Aftermath of Divorce. In Steven and Mathews (Editors), Mother-Child, Father-Child Relations. Washington DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children (1978)


Kruk E (1992). Psychological and Structural Factors Contributing To The Disengagement of Non-Custodial Fathers. Family and Conciliation Courts Review. 30: 81-101 

McMurray A., & Blackmore A. M (1992). Influences On Parent-Child Relationships in Non-Custodial Fathers. Australian Journal of Marriage & Family. 14(3): 151-159 

See also, McMurray A (1992). Influences On Parent-Child Relationships On Non-Custodial Mothers. Australian Journal of Marriage and Family. 13(3): 138



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