TURKISH EDUCATION SYSTEM’S UNDERSTANDING OF RISK: THE CASE OF CHILDREN OF DIVORCED PARENTS THROUGH THE EXPERIENCES OF COUNSELORS AND DIVORCED MOTHERS

2022-7
TOKYAY, SÜHEYLA
This study investigates how MoNE's definition of risk affects “children with divorced parents” who are among the categories in the “Students with Risk Symptoms” list, and it aims to answer the question of “are children with divorced parents exposed to discrimination in their schools because of their family type”. In this context, in-depth interviews were made with 3 Counseling and Research Center staff, 4 counselor teachers and 15 divorced mothers who has school-aged child/ren. Other than this and content analyses, also participant observation and ethnographic research were used since I observe and interact with participants in their real-life environment, i.e. their workplace for the counselors and their children's school for mothers. According to findings, divorce is still seen as familylessness in Turkish society and our school guidance system correlates divorce to child neglect and abuse. Since they are the most marked category in the risk list due to the deficiencies of the system, children whose parents are divorced draw attention and are exposed to discrimination. Prejudices against these children and especially their divorced mothers are institutionalized through these risk lists at schools. Children of divorced parents are suffering from labelling and stigmatizing because of the state’s “familialism” policy and perception of the “ideal family” at current education system. School guidance system needs an enhancement that embraces new families.

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Citation Formats
S. TOKYAY, “TURKISH EDUCATION SYSTEM’S UNDERSTANDING OF RISK: THE CASE OF CHILDREN OF DIVORCED PARENTS THROUGH THE EXPERIENCES OF COUNSELORS AND DIVORCED MOTHERS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.