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School administrators make effective decisions that can have important consequences. Many of these decisions involve children of divorce, who make up approximately twenty percent of the school enrollment (Drake, 1981 ). Traditionally, school administrators have responded to the growing number of personal, social, and behavioral problems in schools. According to Delaney, Richards, and Strathe ( 1984) by the year 1990, one-third of all students in our schools will be children of divorced parents. As more support services are needed. there is pressure to provide counseling to meet the needs of school children. The school is the place that can focus help. Schools can play a significant role in facilitating a child's adjustment to divorce by providing a natural environment where professionals can give support and assistance (Delaney et. al, 1984). Teachers work most closely with these children, yet most teachers have no special training to understand the special problems caused by parental divorce. Without such understanding, teachers cannot effectively intervene. The schools primary function is instruction, but a child in a crisis cannot learn until school personnel recognize the crisis and take steps to ameliorate its effects.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling


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