Examining counseling needs of divorcees and children of divorce: A case study of Asogli State in the Volta Region of Ghana
Keywords:Counselling, Divorcee, Divorcee Children Asogli State, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD)
This study sought to examine the counselling needs of divorcees and their children in the Asogli in the Ho Municipality. The study employed qualitative approach specifically phenomenological research design to investigate the phenomenon. A total of 20 respondents were employed in the study, with 14 divorced women and men and 6 children of divorce participating. The respondents were selected using snowball and purposive sampling approaches. The information was acquired through semi-structured interviews and focused group discussion guides, among other methods. According to the findings, it was revealed that divorcees and their children sought guidance from parents, chiefs, elders, relatives, pastors, and traditional medicine men. The state of Asogli has no professional counsellors or counselling services. Moreover, the divorcees were unaware of available counselling options. The study recommends that divorcees who are primarily single parents have marital counselling and/or post-traumatic stress disorder treatment (PTSD). In this regard, the creation of community-based counselling centres in the state of Asogli for this aim would be a commendable step forward. At the end of the day: The District Assembly, traditional rulers in the state of Asogli, civil society organizations, and government institutions should all provide services to divorcees and their children, including care and support. scholarships for children of divorced parents, among other things.
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