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ERIC Number: ED293075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 120
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Children of Divorce: A Correlational Study of Understanding of Divorce, Attribution Style, and Classroom Behavior.
Noble, Betty Scott
This study examined the relationship between children's understanding of their parents' divorce, attribution style, and classroom behavior. Fifty fourth and fifth grade children of divorce completed questionnaires concerning their understanding of divorce and attribution style, while teachers completed a rating of classroom behavior. Measures of classroom behavior and attribution style were also obtained for children from intact families. The results revealed no significant relationship between children's understanding of divorce and classroom behavior. A significant relationship was found between external locus of control and more classroom behavior problems. The significant relationship found between understanding of divorce and attribution style indicated that an internal locus of control accompanied a more adjusted understanding of divorce. A trend toward a relationship between internality and fewer classroom problem behaviors and between externality and fewer classroom competent behaviors also emerged. Relationships between attribution style and classroom behavior and between understanding of divorce and attribution style were stronger with increased separation time. No significant differences were found between the classroom behavior of children from divorced and intact families, and few differences emerged in attribution style between the two groups. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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