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Research Topic: Grey Divorce

October 2015 - February 2016
The basis of my project proposal is the concept of Grey Divorce: Married individuals aged 50 and older, including the college-educated, are twice as likely to experience a divorce today as they were in 1990. For married individuals aged 65 and older, the risk of divorce has more than doubled since 1990.
The result of many late in life divorces is the increased likelihood that many Adult Children are faced with the loss of family as a unit, weakening of parent-child relationships and become more likely to engage in externalising and anti-social behaviors.


Read my interview with an Adult Child of Divorce

Data Collection Methods

(Used in Beyond the Average Divorce)

  • Self-Report Questionnaires
  • Ethnographic Approaches: Behavioural Observation
  • Structured Interviews
  • Personal Diaries
  • Case Studies
  • Collection of Text and Broadcast Materials

"User" Timelines

I created timelines for the two audiences currently addressed in my research: Grey Divorcees and Adult Children of Divorce. These timelines show possible tension points that arise when a divorce takes place depending on the psychological developmental phases occuring at the time.
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  • Janice Green
  • Deirdre Baire
  • Beverly Rodgers
  • Anthony Charuvastra
  • Susan L. Brown
  • I-Fen Lin
  • Tscharner-Mediation
  • Paar & Familienberatung

Selected Articles & Data Sets

On-going Questions

  • What is the best way to prepare Adult Children for their parents' divorce and divorce process?
  • Can this be addressed by technology?
  • What are the needs of the Adult Children? How dependent is this on the personal histories?
  • Can the trauma of divorce be addressed before the divorce process and aftermath?
  • If Death can be redesigned, After I Go, can Divorce?
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Kurzpräsentation: Digital Therapy

30 March 2016
Presented my idea for the first time in front of the VK group and all mentors. I definitely thought it would go better than it did and perhaps not receive as much criticism (particularly in the suggestion of AI) as it did. I think in retrospect, what I thought was a good use of storytelling, ended up being too much sharing of a personal story. Sharing the background of why this interests me as a designer seems like such an obvious connection to make. But I think in the light of it being a Forschungs Masters Studium, it actually is more of a vulnerability than anything else. Shame that I outed myself this early.