The Family that Plays Together Fares Better: Examining the Contribution of Shared Family Time to Family Resilience Following Divorce.

  • Hutchinson S
  • Afifi T
  • Krause S
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Abstract

The purpose of this analysis was to examine the contribution of shared family time to family resilience following divorce. Based on interviews with parents, adolescents and stepparents from 51 families, shared family time served three overarching adaptive functions: (1) communal coping; (2) relationship maintenance; and (3) as a context for growth-oriented change. Study participants emphasized how relatively enjoyable shared family activities were critical to their efforts to jointly cope with immediate stressors and to maintain or rebuild a sense of family following changes in their family structure. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Coping Behavior
  • Daily Activities
  • Divorce
  • Family Relations
  • Leisure Time
  • Parents
  • Resilience (Psychological)
  • Stepparents
  • Stress
  • adolescents
  • coping
  • divorce
  • family resilience
  • parents
  • shared family activities
  • shared family time
  • stepparents
  • stressors

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Authors

  • Susan L Hutchinson

  • Tamara Afifi

  • Stephanie Krause

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