ERIC Number: ED202578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Children and Divorce: An Overview of Recent Research.
Baden, Clifford, Ed.
The effects of divorce on children are the subject of this collection of eight papers by authors from several disciplines. The central theme of Albert Solnit's paper is that divorce means dissolution of the family as well as the marriage. The role of the courts in custody and visitation issues and the effects of conflicts on the children are described. The effects of divorce on the relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent are examined in Judith Wallerstein's study, which focuses on the relationship at three different junctures--prior to divorce, 13 months after parental separation, and 4-5 years after divorce. Adolescents' views and reactions to divorce are discussed by psychotherapist Lora Heims Tessman. Urie Bronfenbrenner discusses current developments in the structure and status of the American family. A longitudinal study of the effects of divorce on the social and cognitive development of children is presented in a study by E. Mavis Hetherington. Robert S. Weiss' article is based on data collected in a series of studies that examine the organizational changes of divorced single-parent households and the consequences of these changes for children. The effects of child care involvement on the lifestyles of young divorced men are explored in a study by Harry Deshet and Kristine M. Rosenthal. Finally, in a report by Nicholas Zill, the discrepancy between the clinical perspective and the findings of many field studies concerning the effects of marital conflict and divorce on children is analyzed using the results of a national survey of children. (Author/JA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Rearing, Children, Cognitive Development, Court Role, Divorce, Family Life, Family Structure, National Surveys, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Role Conflict, Social Development
Wheelock College Center for Parenting Studies, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 (Paper, $12.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill, Dept. of Maternal and Child Health.