DBMF 405 Course Syllabus
This course provides background to the causes of divorce, the emotional and relational
consequences for both children and parents, factors that challenge positive adjustment after a
divorce, strategies for successful remarriage, blended family dynamics, current policy issues, and
the legal, cultural, and theological implications. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are
Divorce has both a direct and indirect effect on nearly everybody today. Within the Christian
community alone, theological beliefs and debate about divorce and remarriage can be heated and
divisive. Yet, for an increasing majority of Americans, it is an emotional and relational reality.
Children are often left in the disturbing wake. This course is designed to provide awareness
regarding the causes of divorce, the implications on children, families and society, as well as the
skills and techniques necessary for helping individuals remarry and join blended families
successfully. Time is also spent on the grief following the loss of a spouse to death. This course
is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, experiential observations,
exams, a research paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion Board Forums.
The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student.
Dobson, J. (2007).
Love must be tough: New hope for marriages in crisis
. Carol Stream,
IL: Tyndale House.
Papernow, P. L. (2013).
Surviving and thriving in stepfamily relationships: What works
and what doesn’t
. New York, NY: Routledge.
The following textbooks/materials will be mailed to you free of charge:
Hart, A. (1997).
Helping children survive divorce: What to expect; how to help
Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research
regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific
personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.
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