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Descriptions of loss and resilience among fathers paying child support


Natalier, KA, Descriptions of loss and resilience among fathers paying child support, Journal of Family Studies, 18, (2-3) pp. 246-255. ISSN 1322-9400 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13229400.2012.11004107


In this paper, I present qualitative data on the ways in which 28 fathers contextualise their payment of child support in their relationships with their ex-partners, children and the Child Support Agency (CSA). Fathers described their experience in terms of either loss or resilience. Those in the loss category positioned themselves as victims of their ex-partner's use of the Child Support Agency. They understood their child support obligations as illustrative of broader processes of silencing and disempowerment, whereby their identities and practices as fathers were ignored. Those men who talked about their experiences in terms of resilience shared accounts of post-separation parenting that took place beyond the surveillance of the CSA, with parents focused on the best interests of their children. They did not experience a threat to their fathering choices or identities. The findings highlight the importance of gendered and expressive dimensions of child support.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child support, fatherhood, divorce, meanings of money
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Family and household studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Natalier, KA (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:80832
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-11-13
Last Modified:2017-11-28

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