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ERIC Number: ED261295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Network for Children of Divorce.
McGann, John; Strauss, Jane
Divorce is a complicated situation, requiring multifaceted interventions and supports. This paper describes a program designed to enhance the ability of social structures to support children experiencing the impact of parental separation and divorce. The program is a four-part, school-based intervention aimed at educating significant adults regarding the expectable responses of children to the impact of parental separation and divorce. Although in-school discussion groups for children of divorce are not unusual, such programs, while useful, do not seem adequate if conducted in isolation from the rest of the child's environment. This program was developed in response to the recognition of the very complex needs of children of divorce as they interact with their families, the schools they attend and the communities in which they live. While a time-limited structured group whose focus is the mastery of issues surrounding marital rupture is an essential part of any program for this population, other types of interventions are equally important. This program springs from an ecological perspective which views the child as an integral member of interlocking societal institutions which both influence and react to his presence. It consists of teacher workshops, Parent Teacher Association sponsored presentations, classroom meetings, and time-limited structured groups for children of divorce. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A