ERIC Number: ED103114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Divorce: Some Effects on and Teaching Strategies for Young Children.
Silvern, Steven B.; Yawkey, Thomas D.
The emotional and social effects of divorce on a child's personality and development are discussed. The characteristic psychological reactions of the child are described in terms of guilt, rejection failure, resentment, anxiety, self concept, self pity, and hostility. Suggestions are given for the parent and teacher to help children adjust to the divorce situation in a sound and healthy way. The necessity for adult preparation and emotional support of the child is emphasized. Guidelines that are important in explaining divorce to the child are outlined, along with several possible responses a child may feel when false explanations of parent absence are given. Individual case studies illustrate how children can be helped and counseled during and following divorce situations. The manner in which the child is prepared, counseled, and worked with during the divorce situation is a determining factor in a child's adjustment. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Div. of Early Childhood Education.