ERIC Number: ED303718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-13
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Children of Divorce: Group Treatment in a School Setting.
Loers, Deborah L.; Prentice, David G.
Although the literature strongly suggests that children of divorced families suffer emotional disturbance and conduct disorders for at least a limited time, the treatment alternatives have not been widely discussed in the research literature. In clinical practice, individual or family therapies are most often considered, along with occasional individual counseling by a school counselor. This study examined clinical treatment of children in a school setting. Subjects included an experimental group of 14 second graders whose parents had been divorced 3 weeks to 1 year and a control group of 7 second graders with 2 from divorced and 5 from intact families. One-half of the experimental group participated in an interpersonal problem solving group and exposure to material specific to divorce. The other experimental subjects participated only in the general interpersonal problem solving curriculum. The divorce content specific group exhibited significant decreases in two of the three behavioral adjustment indicators measured, somatic complaints and verbal complaints or refusals. Temper outbursts did not vary significantly between groups. Use of a control group in examining the effect of a collaborative problem solving intervention supported use of the intervention, since the occurrence of peer altercations in the school setting were reduced. Long-term effects of the intervention, if any, were not studied. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).