Conflict Resolution Studies Faculty Articles

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Journal of Conflict Management








Divorce is a separation in the union of partners in marriage, and father abandonment is separation of the father from the child(ren). While father abandonment can be regularly experienced by child(ren) as a result of divorce, father abandonment can result from any reason a father is separated from the child(ren). In this study, the interest was to explore and investigate the lived experiences of women who had been abandoned by their fathers at a young age to better understand the relational outcomes and impacts they perceived on their lives. While divorce clearly has negative impacts on children, the focus of this study was to explore what impacts it specifically has on Hispanic females when they become adults, and when it is coupled with father abandonment. This study utilized phenomenological interviews to understand the lived experiences of Hispanic women who were abandoned by their fathers to explore their conflict management skills. This research was guided by the following research question: What are the lived experiences of Hispanic women who were abandoned by their fathers before the age of seven? This study included phenomenological interviews with twenty-five participants and used the theoretical framework of Attachment Theory, Social Constructivism, and Phenomenology to inform the findings. This research adds to the body of research on conflict analysis by giving this community of women a voice to share their unique perspectives. The findings provide unique insights, revelations, and perspectives from participants who experienced paternal abandonment which are not generalizable to the general population, but which may translate to helping others who relate to these individuals through their lived experiences. This research may help others gain a better understanding of father abandonment from the perspective of these Hispanic women based on how they perceived paternal abandonment and their conflict resolution skills.

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