ERIC Number: ED276519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Children and Divorce.
West, Suzanne E.
Some basic principles are discussed that can help divorcing parents understand the feelings and behaviors of their children, and guidelines are suggested for parents wanting to help their children adjust to the divorce-induced changes in their lives. The process of divorce is discussed in terms of children's experience, cause and effect, and time. The need for sensitive communication between parents and children prior to the divorce is pointed out. Children's reactions to the stress of divorce at different ages are described, with particular attention given to children's emotional reactions and the extent of their intellectual and emotional maturity. Concluding remarks focus on outcomes for children after the divorce and emphasize the importance of the quality of the parents' post-divorce relationship and of the parenting provided by the custodial and visiting parents. Suggested readings for children and adults are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adolescents, Cognitive Ability, Divorce, Early Experience, Elementary School Students, Emotional Experience, Guidelines, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Preschool Children
Media Services Distribution Center, Cornell University, 7-8 Research Park, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Publication No. HDFS-52, $1.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cooperative Extension Service.