RESEARCHERS at NUI Galway are looking for volunteers to help answer questions about how children and young people in Ireland experience, and cope with, the process of their parents' separation and divorce and subsequent changed family life.
The research has been approved by NUI Galway's Ethics Committee and will be conducted by Professor Chris Curtin, Dr Bernadine Brady and Ann O'Kelly at the NUI Galway UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. Main researcher Ms O'Kelly said: "Children's views are vital to research of this kind, to develop more knowledge about what separation or divorce is like for children in Ireland and is particularly important given that separation and divorce are increasing in this country.
"Research of this kind has the potential to inform parents and policymakers about services needed by children at this time."
Children and young people aged 8-17 are invited to participate, provided they and their parents have given informed written consent.
The location of the interview can be decided by the volunteers. Each interview will last about one hour, will be audio-recorded and may employ the use of visual aids, drawings and storytelling.
Contact Ann O'Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 085 741 2711.