Loyalty Conflicts and Separation Anxiety
Loyalty conflicts (Wallerstein & Kelly 1976), attachment and separation anxiety (Weiss
1976) have also been found to be associated with sole custody arrangements. Some researchers believe that the psychological process underlying post-divorce symptoms in children resemble mourning or
bereavement (Hetherington, Cox, & Cox 1978). Even those authors who do not ascribe to the mourning theory, note that loss, or severe attenuation of the
parent-child bond is a real possibility among children and non-custodial parents.
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