ERIC Number: ED203991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Parenting After Divorce. Papers from a 1980 Conference for Professionals.
Baden, Clifford, Ed.
Seven brief presentations discuss social attitudes toward divorce and the experiences and problems families face after divorce. Introductory remarks indicate (1) the extent to which divorced parents are denied consistent and positive support from legal and counseling institutions, schools and the work-place, and (2) the archaic institutionalized attitudes toward divorced parents which impair adjustment for the families. The first presentation discusses experiences faced by single parents in coming to terms with their past and managing the present. Subsequently, experiences of mothers without custody of their children are reported and reflected upon. Problems of adjustment of women who have chosen to live separately from their children are also discussed. The following presentation reports on the visiting role experienced by men who wish to remain engaged in the lives of their children. The next topic describes the family forum--a form of therapy for families of divorce. Ways in which the therapist helps to create a setting safe for productive discussion are indicated. Next, several aspects of joint custody are discussed and ways of reducing parental conflict are indicated. The final presentation explores the phenomenon of minifamilies within the stepfamily. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Counselor Role, Divorce, Employed Women, Family Counseling, Family Problems, Family Structure, Fathers, Mothers, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Social Bias
Wheelock College Center for Parenting Studies, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wheelock Coll., Boston, MA. Center for Parenting Studies.
Identifiers: Child Custody; Joint Custody; Parenting; Stepparents