ERIC Number: ED232101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Parenting after Divorce: Evaluation of Preventive Programs for Divorcing Families.
Warren, Nancy J.; And Others
Preventive educational programs are potentially useful in reducing the effects of divorce on children and families. Parenting After Divorce is an ongoing study designed to evaluate preventive programs. Divorcing families with children aged 7-12 are identified from court records and contacted to participate. Families are randomly assigned to one of four educational programs: parent group, family education, child group, or self-study. Assessment of parent, child, and family functioning involves multiple measures including self-report questionnaires of child self-esteem, anxiety, and understanding of divorce; parent anxiety and depression; parent report of child behavior; videotaped observation of family play; and a school questionnaire. Preliminary data analysis on 60 families suggested that at pre-test, an average of 13 months after separation, most of the sample children were functioning normally in terms of self-esteem and anxiety. Parents reported that 56% of the children had a clinically significant number of problem behaviors. Parents were more unhappy than the general population. At post-test, the overall sample of children had fewer problem behaviors and less anxiety, while parent anxiety and sadness remained stable. Analysis of between group differences in interventions and follow-up of families is in progress. The preliminary data challenge the assumption that divorce is always pathogenic for children. (Author/AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).