Author: Jodie Lodge
Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies
This paper is based on Views of Adolescents in Separated Families: A Study of Adolescents’ Experiences After the 2006 Reforms to the Family Law System (Lodge & Alexander, 2010). It highlights findings from interviews with adolescents from separated families.
At a general level, the study emphasised the importance of listening to the perspectives of young people on their experiences of parental separation, including what is important to them in adjusting to their changing families. Adolescents make considerable adjustments when parents separate, and the findings illustrate adolescents’ differing developmental capacities to understand and accept family changes.