TITLE

Preserving Relationships: Ways Attachment Theory Can Inform Custody Decisions

AUTHOR(S)
Talley, Susan D.
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
BYU Journal of Public Law;2012, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p245
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Professor Andrew Cherlin writes in The Marriage-Go-Round that "children living with two married parents in the United States have a higher risk of experiencing a family breakup than do children living with two unmarried parents in Sweden." In fact, there is more of an exchange of partners than there is in any other Western country. This is one reason why Cherlin uses the metaphor of a merry-go-round. The high turnover of caregivers takes an emotional toll on children. We see social problems such as early promiscuity, deviant behavior, depression, problems at school, and the list goes on. When families are in a constant state of litigation about custody disputes," the results can be devastating to the healthy functioning of the family. John Bowlby, (1907-1990) a psychiatrist during the middle of the twentieth century, was interested in the effects of children's separation from their primary caregivers. His ultimate work now described as "attachment theory" discusses the critical role of relationships within the family. Parents are NOT interchangeable. The loss of one parent from the child's life is a separation event that may create a basis for the ongoing problems described above as a result of divorce. The purpose of this Article is to explore custody decisions in family courts using attachment theory as described by John Bowlby.
ACCESSION #
78130169

 

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