ERIC Number: ED293253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Children's Perceptions of Divorce's Effects on School Now and in the Future.
Falk, Carolyn R.
The study interviewed 41 middle school children (25 gifted and the remainder of average ability) from intact and not intact homes to gather their perceptions of divorce's effects on school now and in the future. Results included the following statements. Differences in responses centered around the subject's cognitive abilities, more than on family status. Gifted students had more to say than non-gifted students. Gifted students spoke with high moral and cognitive reasoning abilities. They saw several good effects from divorce in abstract and long term consequences compared to non-gifted children, who saw the effects of divorce as immediate and unidimensional. Gifted children expressed a desire to know what was happening. All children saw divorce as a splitting mechanism with school seen as a refuge, a moderating change agent, and a treatment center. Children saw marriage as worthwhile and predicted marriage for themselves. The future was seen as a cold complex world with one-parent families predicted as the norm. Children from non intact homes identified three authority centers (each parent and the school) while children from intact homes identified two authority centers (the parents as a unit and the school). (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's Topical Conference on the Future of Special Education (Orlando, FL, November 15-17, 1987).