Divorced fathers need help: study

NZ Herald Jul 22, 2009

A study on the effect marriage break-ups have on fathers highlights the need for specialised male counselling, says Relationship Services. The Families Commission released a report yesterday that found fathers who did not live with their children needed extra support from community services. The Pathways Through Parental Separation report, a small study which spoke to 20 fathers, was funded to find ways to support men through the process of separation.

Researchers David Mitchell and Philip Chapman said focus groups revealed men were unprepared for the separation process and their inability to find the right support when they most needed it. The study contradicted many service providers’ views that they were present for all family members, Mr Chapman said.