ERIC Number: ED396836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
[Children's Rights Council--Move Away in Divorce Panel.]
Zapf, Charles Z.
This paper deals with the psychological processes and emotional experiences of children whose parents are going through the process of divorce and the complications posed by divorced or divorcing parents moving to new locations. The paper begins with a discussion of the implications of divorce, claiming that divorce is a change that affects everyone in the family and poses both risk and opportunity. Emphasizing that many parents will move away during or after a divorce, the paper also discusses the influence of divorce on custody, parent child relationships, child development, child independence, and the psychological leap required of everyone affected by a divorce. The second part of the paper focuses on children's understanding of divorce as well as their psychological experiences. For children in the face of divorce: Nothing Changes. Children exhibit attachment for their parents throughout their lives. Therefore, divorced parents need to provide an environment that is as supportive as possible for maintaining those attachment relationships. The paper concludes by noting that both the custodial and noncustodial parent must consider carefully how they will act in order to assist the child in maintaining contact and attachment with their parents and to ensure healthy child development. (MOK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Children's Rights Council (10th, Atlanta, GA, April 24-28, 1996).