ERIC Number: ED292014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec-18
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Children of Divorce: Facilitating Well-Being.
Hutchinson, Roger L.; Spangler, Sharon L.
Both the increased frequency of divorce and the resultant increase in single-parent households have experienced dramatic increases since World War II. In many instances, divorce is a major disruptive experience that imposes primary impact upon all family members. Characteristically, various levels of adjustment are required of family members amid experiences that are novel and for which those involved are possibly not well-prepared. Human services practitioners may best direct their efforts toward providing a reframing approach to parents and children experiencing divorce. There is evidence that children from single-parent families are good decision-makers and that they have strengths and maturities associated with their experiences related to divorce. Professionals may be able to facilitate the cognitive reframing of parents and children in such a way that hopefulness and a sense of assurance and control can be implemented and sustained. This report was written to: (1) integrate what is known about divorce-associated responses in children; (2) promote a reframing approach in focusing on that which may be evaluated as positive and contributing to present well-being and future successes of the children; and (3) guide practitioners as they work both programmatically and in direct service with children of divorce. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (58th, Chicago, IL, May 8-10, 1986).