ERIC Number: ED320068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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An Evaluation of an Educational Group for Children of Divorced Families.
Howard, Susan S.; Scherman, Avraham
This study assessed the effectiveness of a 6-week school-based intervention program for children of divorce. Children's school behavior problems, attitudes and beliefs about divorce, self-concept, academic performance, and measures of group support were evaluated. Participants consisted of 127 fourth and fifth graders randomly assigned to experimental (divorce), control (divorce), and comparison (intact) groups. Teachers, parents, group leaders, and the children themselves were administered pre, post, and 4-month follow-up testing. Overall, the program children's scores did not significantly exceed those of nonprogram children across most measures, even when time since divorce was considered. However, pretesting was observed to have an effect on two child ratings at posttest and parent ratings at follow-up. The most promising findings were that the children positively perceived the group experience, and were rated as exhibiting only mild problems after the group and a moderate degree of strength. Implications of the study, limitations, and prospects for future research are discussed. References are included. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (36th, Dallas, TX, April 12-14, 1990).