ERIC Number: ED292038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Parents' Well-Being and Parent-Child Relationships Following Marital Separation.
The well-being of parents and children and the quality of the parent-child relationship during divorce deserve attention. This study examined the relationship between aspects of parent-child relationships and the well-being of parents during marital separation and investigated the effects of a 5-week community-based educational intervention for divorcing parents on parent-child relations and parental well-being. A pre-post, treatment-control research design was used. A questionnaire assessing parental well-being and parent-child characteristics was completed by 122 treatment parents who participated in the intervention and 81 control parents who did not. A follow-up questionnaire was completed one month after the workshop intervention. The results revealed that three of the five indicators of parental well-being could be explained by selected characteristics of the parent-child relationship. Self-esteem and life satisfaction during marital separation seemed somewhat dependent on the parent's perception of direct involvement with the child, companionship, and parent-child communication. The level of psychosomatic symptomatology was correlated negatively with child compliance and positively with the use of coercive control attempts. No significant differences were found between treatment and control subjects on the measures of well-being. The findings provide some direction for future intervention with divorcing parents. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Family Relations (49th, Atlanta, GA, November 14-19, 1987).