When Mothers Leave – A Survey for Some of You

After completing a workshop on Father Hunger, which explains the long-term impact of the father’s absence after a divorce, I was asked, “What about when mothers leave?” I couldn’t answer. All the research I’d seen dealt with the impact on the kids after the fathers left. But I assured them I’d return with a wealth of helpful information.

That’s when I learned how little data was available on this topic. Even though authors like Jen Abbas (Generation EX: Adult Children of Divorce and the Healing of Our Pain) and Stephanie Staal (The Love They Lost) experienced their mother’s departure, neither addressed it directly–and the issue has gone largely unnoticed in the world of research. So, my Masters thesis explores the impact of a mother’s departure on the children at the time, and after they grow up.

This is where you come in. The survey link below is for those whose mother left after the divorce—she was the non-custodial parent. If this is you, please complete this survey. If it is someone you know (sibling, friend, relative, coworker), please share this and encourage them to complete it.

I will summarize the findings of my thesis and the survey here when it’s complete.

Thanks for your help.

Survey – ACOD Whose Mother Left After Divorce


2 thoughts on “When Mothers Leave – A Survey for Some of You

  1. Will you be publishing your thesis?. I am a non-custodial mother and I am interested in your research. I have also noticed the lacking of information. 1st reason I found it is RARE, the statistic of single fathers helped me understand how many non-custodial mothers there should be, in response. Wishing you much continued success in your work.

    • Hi!,
      You are correct that your situation is rare. Less than 15% are in your situation. The number drops from that when you subtract out incarceration, substance abuse, and psychological challenges. The focus of my thesis is on the research that needs to be done because there is so little out there. I don’t know if that would be much help. I do plan to review some of the themes that were raised from the survey and thesis soon after the thesis is done. Thanks for reaching out!

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