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ERIC Number: ED371266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Access by Noncustodial Parents: Effects upon Children's Postdivorce Coping Resources.
Kurtz, Linda; And Others
Incidence of parental divorce remains at record levels. Studies estimate that 45% of all children born since 1970 will spent an average of six childhood years in a single-parent home as a result of divorce. This study examined the relationship between visitation practices of non-custodial parents and the children's coping resources (self-esteem and self-efficacy) during the postdivorce period. Also, the effects of visitation on interparental conflict witnessed by children were explored. The families of 35 elementary school children in Montreal were given appropriate questionnaires and measures. Results indicated that there was a positive relationship between the duration of parental visitation and the child's self-esteem, but there seemed to be no relation between visitation characteristics and self-efficacy. It is not surprising that, as the frequency of visitation with the non-custodial parent increased, so did levels of overt marital hostility reported. The study indicates that as the length of visits with the noncustodial parent increases, children's views of their own worth increase. However, children's self-esteem is not significantly associated with frequency of visitation. This may be because frequency of visitation seems to increase the level of overt marital hostility in the family social climate. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)