Recognising Ecological Contexts of Diverse Ethnic Groups: Experiences of British-Indian Adult Children of Divorce

By Chaitali Das.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The process of divorce as a family change process including outcomes and consequences has received considerable research attention in the western context. However, the experience of divorce for children within specific ethnic contexts has been rather limited leading to poor planning and practice provision with diverse families.

By drawing upon an empirical qualitative study of British Indian adult children, this paper will make a case for recognising diverse needs within specific historical, socio-cultural and developmental contexts. There is a need to acknowledge these contexts in policy design to establish practice that is flexible, accessible and relevant to the needs of different and diverse communities.

Results indicate that areas of impact may be similar to those identified by other studies within the literature review. However, the experiences, expressions, implications and larger consequences of impact are located within specific socio-cultural contexts. In support of this, major findings of the study (outlined below) will be discussed - Context: patriarchy, stigma, immigration; Impact: economic, social, emotional, career/education, physical; Coping: psychological strategies, physical strategies, social strategies, sources of support.

Keywords: Divorce, Cultural Diversity, Children of Divorce, British-Indian, Impact of Divorce

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.83-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.218MB).

Dr. Chaitali Das

Lecturer in Social Work, School of Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy, Queen’s University, Belfast, Belfast, UK

Chaitali Das is a Lecturer in Social Work at Queen’s University in Belfast. She is researching divorce and its impact on ‘adult children’ in the British Indian community. Chaitali has previously worked on research projects commissioned by UNICEF on Children in Commercial Sexual exploitation in India. She has also done research on street children, and children in care in India.


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