ERIC Number: ED244217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-27
Reference Count: 0
Parenting after Divorce: Educational Groups for Single Parents.
Warren, Nancy J.
This paper discusses in detail the educational groups for single parents, which are one aspect of a larger research project on preventive educational interventions for divorcing families called the Parenting After Divorce project. A review of the literature is presented focusing on group interventions for adults from both the adult and the parent-child perspectives. An overview of the project is given including its purpose, programs, goals, population, methods, and assessment instruments. A description of the design and composition of the parent groups, including membership, organization, and leaders, follows. A detailed description of the five group sessions is given including: (1) reactions of children to divorce; (2) active listening and direct expression of feelings; (3) limit setting and negotiation; (4) ongoing relationship between divorced parents; and (5) problem solving and future plans. The remainder of the paper elaborates on the clinical issues which emerged in running the groups, including the limitations of the educational format, leader role, structured vs. unstructured groups, working through separation issues while talking about parenting, leader techniques, recruitment and screening of participants, timing of group offerings, and leader preparation and qualifications. A comment on consumer satisfaction ratings concludes the paper. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.
Identifiers: Parenting After Divorce Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).