ERIC Number: ED343076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
The Effectiveness of Programs for Children of Divorce: A Review of the Qualitative Research Done during the 1980's.
The current status of school based programs for children of divorce conducted during the 1980s which have evaluated the effectiveness of programs targeted to assist children in adjusting to divorce are examined. Eleven qualitative studies were identified which had been published since 1980 and involved children 0-18 years of age. Information on the author of the studies, number of subjects, grade, time since divorce, and reporters are listed. The overall themes of the studies form the basis for the following recommendations: (1) further studies should utilize a specific set of standardized instruments; (2) standardized measures of school achievement should be incorporated; (3) further studies should continue to utilize analysis of variance and t-test mean comparisons as analytic measures; (4) testings should include collecting information from parents, children, and group leaders; (5) when undertaking such programs, special attention should be paid to working with teachers and school personnel, as these individuals may not report the level of positive changes which are seen in the home and self-reported; (6) further studies should include additional objective measures, such as attendance rates, referrals to special services, and disciplinary actions; (7) evaluation designs should incorporate longer-term follow-up; (8) longitudinal studies would be especially useful; (9) studies should control among measures across the experimental and control groups prior to intervention; and (10) further evaluation efforts should consider the feasibility of undertaking additional secondary analyses of existing population and longitudinal databases. (LLL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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