ERIC Number: ED290087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Children's Perceptions of the Effects of Divorce on School Life.
Falk, Carolyn R.; And Others
It has been predicted that, due primarily to parental divorce or separation, almost one-half of all children born in 1980 will live a considerable time with only one parent before they reach the age of 18. A qualitative research study was conducted which asked 41 middle school children for their perceptions on the effects of divorce on school life. Subjects included gifted and non-gifted students from intact and non-intact families. Subjects' views on what schools should do for children from recently divorced homes fell on a continuum from "do nothing" to "provide special classes and programs." Gifted students saw the effects of divorce in more depth and scope than did non-gifted students. Children from non-intact homes were able to define their parents as separate entities while those from intact homes saw their parents as single units. Because gifted children have demonstrated a difference in their perceptions of divorce, a different means of support may be needed in working with these children. At the difficult time of parental divorce, it appears that the school becomes a stabilizing support system for children. School personnel need to be aware of the child's preference for the role of the school. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).