Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Children of divorced parents--Counseling of; Divorce--Psychological aspects; Divorce--Social aspects; Broken homes; Divorced parents; Adult children of divorced parents;
Divorce rates have doubled since the 1970s, this has influenced both the structure and the impact of the family. It is imperative not to overlook the large and growing population of children affected by divorce. This paper will discuss the differences of important variables involved, such as age, gender and cultural background. In addition, it will discuss in detail outreach ideas and intervention strategies including small groups, mentoring programs, and bibliotherapy that have all been effective in supporting these children and their families in this crucial change of family structure. Children in single parent and blended families are considered "at-risk" because research shows these children are at a high risk for veering off the path of becoming productive adults who contribute positively to society (Anderson, 2002). School counselors and faculty are at times the only advocates for children when parents are distracted with working on their own issues that are brought on by the divorce. A school can provide a neutral environment, allowing continued involvement by both parents in their child's life, which promotes academic success. School counselors can act as advocates because of their continued involvement, their knowledge of developmental needs, and their training in interventions that can reduce at-risk behavior.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Linda J. Nebbe
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©2006 Rebecca L. Ahlstrom
Ahlstrom, Rebecca L., "The effects of divorce in a society with ever-changing family structures" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 259.