Post-Separation Visitation Disputes: Differential Interventions
Both mothers and fathers rated the overall quality of the service as good (84 percent of the time, irrespective of intervention). Significantly, however, both parents reported 46 percent of the time that their communication with each other about their child had not improved.
Parents Comments About Each Intervention
Mothers made the following comments with respect to the focussed intervention:
"social worker was great, helped work out issues quickly";
"social worker was thorough";
"wish I knew about these services earlier";
"a deep appreciation of your service";
"report was minimal about the facts";
"really good job";
"recommendations acted as a catalyst for communication"and
"did not spend enough time."
Mothers made the following comments with respect to the traditional intervention:
"process took much longer than it should have";
"system should follow-up on the progress of children";
"the judge prolongs things";
"social worker was a keen observer";
"report was accurate"and
"because of third party involvement things were well documented."
Fathers made the following comments with respect to the focussed intervention:
"feel that access was determined without proper investigation";
"wish there were continual communications with Office of the Children's Lawyer for unresolved issues";
"social worker should have listened to audiotapes";
"social worker did thorough job"and
"nice to have an organization that looks at both sides of story, but want follow-up."
Fathers made the following comments with respect to the traditional intervention:
"felt isolated from the process";
"very happy with the service";
"too many decisions were allowed by a 9-year-old";
"forms were negative (CBCL)";
"too much focus on me";
"disappointed with report"and
"feel that this service was not really needed."
Table 3: Parents' rating of satisfaction with the overall process
|Mothers (N=47)||Fathers (N=33)|
|Social workers attitude||3.47||1.40||3.76||1.35|
|Concerns were listened to||3.70||1.25||3.91||1.16|
|Thoroughness of evaluation||3.58||1.32||3.65||1.25|
|Length of time||3.51||1.29||3.36||1.14|
Table 3 illustrates that both mothers, X=3.52 (SD=.13), and fathers, X=3.61 (SD=.23), were equally satisfied with the overall process of the evaluation, irrespective of intervention. The satisfaction scale ranged from 1-5 (very unsatisfied to very satisfied).
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