A professor of social work at King's University College is conducting a study to understand the impact that parental communications with children using Internet technologies has during times of divorce or separation.
Dr. Rachel Birnbaum is collecting data through a survey, looking at how technologies such as Skype or FaceTime affect the parent-child relationship during times of family dissolution, especially when one parent lives far away. The survey is geared toward lawyers and mental health professionals.
“I think [the information] will help lawyers and judges in particular who are making court orders. The more information we have, people can look at it and see whether it has been helpful or not,” says Birnbaum.