The father's parenting experience in divorce

Am J Psychiatry. 1980 Oct;137(10):1177-82. doi: 10.1176/ajp.137.10.1177.


The author discusses the father-child relationship as it is influenced by divorce. Psychiatrists are often consulted by individuals considering dovorce who are concerned about its probable impact on their children. Data gathered from the treatment of fathers during divorce indicate that there can be positive changes in their parental bonds as a result of increased opportunities to relate to children in a conflict-free atmosphere. In such a setting, the father's nurturing experience provides him with a new perspective on parenting. Psychotherapeutic help can lead to a strengthening of parental bonds, with subsequent benefits to both father and child. The author encourages professionals to support men in improving their fathering during the postdivorce period.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Divorce*
  • Ego
  • Father-Child Relations*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy