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Angharad is an experienced Clinical Psychologist working with children and families. She supports OnlyMums & OnlyDads in delivering accessible summaries of key research around families and the effects of separation and divorce on children and those who care for them.

A Study Of Mediation-Based Co-Parenting Interventions.

By J.E. McIntosh & E.S. Tan.(2017) Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 55(3), 329-344.

This study looked at separated parents who had a child 5 years old or younger who were attending a Mediation service.

These parents were put in one of two groups- a Young Children in Divorce and Separation (YCIDS) or a Reading group.

Attending a group that teaches you about your child’s development in general and your child’s needs during the divorce helps you understand more, parent your child more effectively and chat more to your ex-partner so that you don’t need quite so much legal action.

YCIDS is an education intervention for separated parents focusing on infant neurological and social-emotional development, and the impact divorce has on these.

Parents who attended the YCIDS group reported they had lower rates of legal action and their children were doing better.

Attending a group that teaches you about your child’s development in general and your child’s needs during the divorce helps you understand more, parent your child more effectively and chat more to your ex-partner so that you don’t need quite so much legal action.

 

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