Although the book is written from a sociological perspective, the combination of theory and practical insights make it accessible to a wide variety of readers. It aims to generate discussion and deepen understanding of an area into which there has been minimal research in Ireland and which poses a range of important questions for future researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.
Chapter 10: Experiences of Formal Support
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Experiences of Formal Support
In this chapter the fifth research question concerning the supports that the interviewees found most beneficial during the process of separation is addressed. Informal support from siblings, sisters in particular, parents, adult children, friends and work colleagues were identified as invaluable sources of support. The participants in the study also accessed formal support services. Their evaluation of the benefits of marriage counselling, mediation and legal advice services varied. This chapter presents data on the women’s experiences of attendance at personal counselling and peer support groups. In order to provide a context for the discussion, public policy and literature on separation support are reviewed initially.
Types of Support
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