ERIC Number: ED346424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-6
Family Stress/Children in Conflict: Some Contributing Social Factors.
Hutchinson, Roger L.; Blankschen, Michael P.
Counselors who work with children and adolescents are well aware of the problems, frustrations, and feelings of hopelessness that these youngsters often bring to the counseling session. However, counselors may be less aware of what is happening in society-at-large. The 1980s and early 1990s have been characterized by high unemployment. It is clear that in the present economy women need to work. An increasing number of families are headed by one parent. After divorce it is unfortunate that as children and adolescents adjust to new schools and new friends in less favorable environments, the possibilities exist for increased involvement in substance use and/or sexual activity. The combined effect of an increased divorce rate and an increased rate of out-of-wedlock child bearing means that almost one-fourth of all children in the United States lived with only one parent in the late 1980s. The single most pervasive stressor in the lives of women and children is poverty. Non-familial caregiving has become commonplace and the need for quality child care is projected to increase. It is clear that the family is reeling from the combined effects of a multitude of stressors. It seems imperative that counselors must be able to identify social factors which contribute to problems faced by today's youth and to advocate preventive measures to ensure optimal development of all people. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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