Childhood and Divorce

Previous research explored the home lives of children growing up in divorced families. Using 26 in-depth interviews with young adults, Collins focused on the material culture of their home spaces following their parents’ divorce, and demonstrated how this unconventional focus can teach us about children’s post-divorce experiences, perceptions of family, and sense of belonging in a way more traditional approaches have ignored. Respondents were given cameras and gave “room tours” of their bedrooms or sleeping spaces at both parents’ homes (see some examples below). This work resulted in publications with Michelle Janning in The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Michigan Family Review, and in a book titled Childhood and Consumer Culture published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Rooms 1

Rooms 2

Rooms 3