Loss of Familiar Activities and Habit Systems

Non-custodial parents face the loss of familiar activities and habit systems (Weiss 1975). The stress imposed by the necessity to revise long-standing habit and lifestyles is probably more intense for those who were married longer (Gubrium 1974). The continued presence of children and a familiar home setting, however, gives sole custody parents a greater sense of continuity (Hetherington, Cox, & Cox 1978).


Weiss R. S (1975). Marital Separation. Basic Books: New York.

Gubrium J F (1974). Marital Dissolution and The Evaluation of Everyday Life In Old Age. Journal of Marriage and Family 36: 107-114


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


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