ERIC Number: ED317946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Stressors Affecting the Male Divorced Client.
Krick, Robert L.; And Others
A literature review of the Educational Resources and Information Center (ERIC), Psychological Abstracts, and Dissertation Abstracts International was conducted to examine research data and observations concerning the problems faced by males during and after divorce. Based on a scheme of divorce elements developed by Bohannon (1970) these problems are discussed under the following headings: (1) legal stressors, deriving from the grounds for divorce and attorney relationship; (2) economic stressors, which derive from the division of money and property; (3) emotional stressors, which result from the problem of the deteriorating marital relationship; (4) community (social) stressors, resulting from changes of friends and alterations in community involvement; (5) co-parental stressors, which include problems of custody, single parent homes, and visitation; and (6) psychic stressors, deriving from the problem of regaining individual autonomy. It is noted that the literature on divorce, fathering, and stress appears to support the conclusion that divorce is stressful for males and that for fathers, the future relationship with their children is a significant aspect of this stress. It appears that, compared to females, divorced males experience a higher degree of stress due to the smaller number of support systems available to them and have needs related to household management, coping with loneliness from the loss of spouse and children, and re-education in social skills. The concluding section of the paper discusses the quality of research concerning divorced males and implications of the extant research for counselors. (TE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American School Counselor Association Elementary/Middle School Guidance Conference (Little Rock, AR, June 25-28, 1989).