ERIC Number: ED250093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Children and Loss. Part 1: A Teacher's View: The Child in the Single Parent and Blended Family. Part 2: Helping Children Cope with Loss. Unit for Child Studies. Selected Papers Number 25.
In two parts, this paper discusses areas in family disruption, describes children's experiences of loss, and suggests strategies for helping children cope with such experiences. Specifically, part one provides: (1) global, normative summary descriptions of adjustment patterns of children from preschool age through adolescence and descriptions of implications for behavior in schools; (2) a description of social/cognitive developmental dimensions of adjustment patterns; (3) a brief depiction of problems faced by the post-divorce family; (4) a discussion of what schools can do to support the child under stress; (5) suggestions for preventive measures schools can take to help students deal with divorce; and (6) comments about other support systems for children and adolescents. Part two briefly discusses stages in children's experience of loss; examines developmental differences in their responses to loss; outlines factors affecting adjustment to loss (such as the closeness of the relationship and the psychological impact of the event); and suggests coping strategies, including communication, support systems, anticipatory education, use of a divorce adjustment profile to gather information, and bibliotherapy. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales)