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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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GORIN, Michelle Christof; FERES-CARNEIRO, Terezinha  and  MACHADO, Rebeca Nonato. Children's birthday: together or apart? Repercussions of divorce from parent's perspective. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 1084-1100. ISSN 1808-4281.

This article seeks to discuss the repercussions of parental divorce on children from the parents' perception. The current study aims to discuss parents' perceptions about the repercussions of divorce on their children, focusing on children's birthday celebrations. The authors conducted a qualitative research with four fathers and four mothers, performing semi-structured interviews and studying the results using the content analysis method. Evidence shows that divorce inflicts a major narcissistic wound in the subjects involved, which may generate a tendency to repress representations of the former spouse. This movement may hinder the elaboration of grief caused by the end of marital relations, since the children remain involved in conflicts. The children may suffer a division in their experiences with both love objects, father and mother, a condition illustrated by birthday celebrations held by parents, in some cases together, and in other, separately.

Keywords : parenthood; parenting; divorce; birthday; repression; division.

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