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ERIC Number: ED374365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 9
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Children's Coping Resources Subsequent to Parental Divorce: A Developmental Perspective.
Kurtz, Linda; And Others
The impact of divorce upon the children's adaptation has increasingly become a topic of concern in developmental research. This study investigates how specific coping resources (self-efficacy, self-esteem) vary according to age and as a correlate of developmental level in children from divorced and intact homes. Researchers also examined the relationship between family environment characteristics and children's age in both types of homes. Participants included 76 elementary school-age children in Montreal from divorced (N=38) and intact families (N=38). Parents completed a demographic questionnaire and the Family Environment Scale while the children filled out the Harter Self Perception Profile for Children. Results revealed significant within-group differences. A child's age in a divorced family was found to be a meaningful predictor of behavioral self-efficacy and self-esteem. Although youngsters from divorced families revealed more uncontrolled behavior problems than their peers from intact families, older youngsters from divorced homes reported higher levels of behavioral self-efficacy than their younger counterparts: younger children from both groups seemed to exhibit less effective psychological coping resources. These findings suggest that counseling programs consider developmental differences in psychological and social coping resources of elementary-school children, since younger children may be at greater risk of developmental difficulties. Contains 9 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Environment Scale