Non-resident Parents’ Experiences of Parent-Child Relationship Disruption during COVID-19

Full Project Title: Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent-child relationships for non-resident parents

Principal Investigator: Luiza-Maria Burhai, Masters Student (University of West London)
Supervisor: Dr Ben Hine, University of West London
Timeline: September 2021 – September 2022

Over the last few decades, interest has grown in exploring how parents sometimes attempt to disrupt the relationship between the other parent and their child(ren), especially in the context of disputes and litigation cases. Some have even suggested that these behaviours act as a way of perpetrating psychological and family violence. There has also been an increasing focus on the mental health effects this behaviour has on children’s well-being, and on divorced and single parents, as well as on their resilience to this ambiguous loss.

There is also preliminary evidence to believe that factors such as distance and traveling restrictions imposed by governments during the Covid-19 pandemic have been used as justifications by resident parents to prevent the non-resident parent from interacting with their child.

This project therefore explores how the Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruptions for parents living apart from their children and whether the global health crisis exacerbated factors leading to PA.

Supporting this Project
You can support this project in several ways (see below)! Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to contact the student and register your interest!

Direct Participation:
If you:
a) Are over 18 years old
b) live or operate in the UK or Ireland

and are
b) a parent who has experienced disruptive behaviours during the COVID-19 lockdown period (March 2020 – July 2021)
or c) an organisation/individual who supports these individuals
then please use the links below to take part:

Parents: Click here

Organisations/Individuals supporting Parents: Click here