The role of a leisure-based programme in the relationship of divorced single parents and their children: A review
Divorce is one of the major causes of single-parent households. Among the understandable difficulties families face as a result of divorce, other difficulties such as the lack of time for family bonding and family leisure directly affect the wellbeing of both the parents and the children. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of a leisure-based programme on the relationship between divorced single parents and their children. This study was completed by reviewing literature in the field of family leisure and relevant literature regarding the importance of the relationship between divorced single parents and their children. Books, journals, dissertations, theses and internet sources published between 1993 and 2011 were consulted, identified by means of the keywords, to give a theoretical exposition of this study. Research found that divorced single-parent families face financial difficulties and time constrains. Given that the household responsibilities are not shared and there is only one person earning an income, thus resulting in time or financial constraints to spend on leisure activities. Therefore, divorced single parents should endeavour to spend time with their children and find a balance between core and balance family leisure activities. Leisure programmes have the potential to develop relationships and improve family bonds.
Keywords: Recreation, leisure, family bonding, divorce, relationships.
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