The Way They See it: How do Adolescents Experience Life Following Parental Divorce?

By Laura R Hartman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Divorce has become a popular topic in both research and the media in North America. Adolescent life following a parental divorce has been widely researched, and generally framed unfavourably for the adolescents. In this article I outline a critical research project exploring adolescents’ lives following a parental divorce or marital separation using a participatory visual methodology. I argue that a visual art-based methodology will be useful in gathering information from adolescents regarding their experiences with parental divorce by encouraging the use of metaphor and representation to express complex thoughts and feelings. This research will contribute the adolescents’ perspectives to the literature base, as well as expand the research literature on visual research methods and methodologies.

Keywords: Adolescent, Teenager, Divorce, Visual Methodology, Art-based Methodology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.93-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 887.918KB).

Laura R Hartman

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Laura has an interest in occupational sciences, focusing on how adolescents occupy their time following parental divorce or marital separation. She generally works with qualitative research methods and methodologies, and tends towards critical visual or art-based research. She is currently conducting her doctoral research in adolescents following parental divorce using a visual methodology, as well as exploring women’s engagement in women’s circles and the meanings that they associate with their engagement in the circles.


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