Partnership relations and Divorce

Partnership and couple dynamics are important research themes for the Centre for Family Studies and the Bachelor programme in Family Studies. In the field of family counselling, parenthood and partnership are very closely linked concepts. A positive experience of partnership and a positive experience of parenthood are correlated. However, partnerships today are very diverse and more susceptible to change than they used to be. Our centre has responded to various changes in society and in the professional field concerning (the support of) partnerships.

Our centre researches partnerships and family relations while supporting policy makers and the professional field with their research. For example, students of our Bachelor programme evaluated a campaign that was launched by the Flemish Government in 2016 to stimulate discussion on relationships and relationship problems. In 2018 we investigated how parenthood influences partnerships (and vice versa), and the challenges this correlation poses for professional assistance and policy. This research resulted in a book on parents and relationships in contemporary families.

When partners get divorced, this unmistakably has a major impact on all members of the family. It is important that families feel supported and assisted during divorce procedures. Our centre has conducted research into what problems children and youngsters encounter when their parents divorce, how they deal with these problems and where they find support. As a result of this research, recommendations were made to parents, professional aid organisations, the educational field and policy-makers. 

We are working on an e-learning tool for social workers that deal with families who are affected by divorce, so that they can offer proper assistance to these families.

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‘Thursday date day’: a campaign of the Flemish government

Campaign by the Flemish government, based on advice of the Centre for Family Studies.

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Sexuality in residential elderly care facilities

Sexuality and intimacy are important topics in life, even at an old age. Yet it isn't evident for a residentiale care facility to allow or facilitate this. Caregivers often don't know how to respond.

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Relationship support in Flanders: what and how?

Research and discussion, finished in 2013. The new Flemish government has now stated that they will work on this subject.

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