ERIC Number: ED420819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-25
The Influence of Parental Separation and Divorce on Adolescent Academic Achievement: Developmental Issues.
Nisivoccia, Joseph Dominick
Parental separation and divorce can have a critically adverse effect on the academic performance and achievement of adolescent students. The psychological and social disadvantages can significantly interfere with students reaching their full potential for success in school. Information is provided on the scope of divorce in society and its emotional, social, and academic effects on children. Review of the literature yields a number of insights: marital dissolution has been shown to have potentially grave adaptive consequences and negative results for many children; family structure has been identified as the main cause for a lower grade point average among children of divorce; and research also suggests that income may be responsible for the difference. Children who have recently experienced a divorce are in a crisis situation and can be expected to have a change in their behavior. Males have been found to experience greater emotional, social, and academic problems. Effective support for children of divorce is discussed. Areas of inquiry include in-service training for educators, flexible scheduling of school activities to accommodate single parents, the role of the non-custodial parent, and involvement in co-curricular activities. A list of readings with a brief synopsis of each is appended. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Research report, Nova Southeastern University.