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ERIC Number: EJ776633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0020-7187
The Divorce Culture and Picture Books for Young Children
Mo, Weimin
International Journal of Early Childhood, v39 n2 p23-35 2007
In the past thirty years or so, divorce has been widespread in many countries. Globally the percentage of marriages that end up in divorce has increased dramatically even in countries where religious and legal impediments are strong. Divorce occurs most often within the first ten years of marriage. That means children of most couples who are involved in divorce are in their early childhood. Divorce does not impact only the divorced couple and their children, but all the people in the society because of the cultural changes. It has become an omnipresent part of the generation's lives and a part of who they are. Consciously or unconsciously, it affects how people of the generation and their children negotiate intimacy in human relationships and how everyone else responds and adapts to the changes. Young children are vulnerable to the nightmarish anxiety and confusion inflicted by divorce. Developmentally it is difficult for them to have cognitive control of its complexities; they don't have the emotional vocabulary to express themselves, either. Fortunately, picture books provide a powerful venue for therapeutic interventions for young children with the pathological experience. There are some nonfiction picture books which directly talk to children about divorce, teaching important adaptive strategies and coping mechanisms. There are also many story picture books which, with their emotional enchantment, insightfully demonstrate to children that life can still go on constructively. Fiction picture books offer children an alternative channel of interpreting divorce by emotionally distancing themselves as story characters and expressing their feelings vicariously. Many books include for adults directions which give them valuable advice for appropriately protecting children.
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Language: English
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