Amy Wikins, Ph.D
The study explores how the child-rearing consumption practices of divorced parents are influenced by the financial, logistical, and emotional dilemmas of parenting after divorce. Findings were obtained through in-depth interviews with ten divorced parents who had children ranging from six to thirteen years of age. Data analysis revealed two incongruent discourses, which I call Ideal Consumption and Realistic Consumption. Parents used ideal consumption to portray themselves as model consumers; while realistic consumption bluntly acknowledged divorce’s impact their spending. This research demonstrates how society’s perception of culturally appropriate child-rearing consumption does not recognize spending related to divorce.
Kuni, Kristine, "Divorced Parents and Child-Rearing Consumption Practices" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 658.