353NpostEWDeath and DivorceLecture15

353NpostEWDeath and DivorceLecture15 - Death and Divorce...

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Unformatted text preview: Death and Divorce Divorce and Its Impact on Children Approximately half of all marriages will end in divorce Initial research on divorce explored the impact on children using a crisis model (Hetherington) Parental Divorce engenders a variety of developmental transitions and adaptations kids have to negotiate as they move across the developmental trajectory Divorce is not a unitary event in a childs life: parent return to work, decreased economic status, moves and loss of support networks, increased responsibilities Post-Divorce Adaptations Adapt to post-divorce single parent/dual household family Parental dating Parental remarriage (60% end in divorce, blending families/complicated relationships) Life cycle events present continuing challenges Children respond to divorce based on developmental stage at time of divorce and throughout their lifespan Factors which impact the effects of divorce on children: Age: Gender: Childs temperament: Continued parental hostility: Parental pathology: Social supports: Wallerstein and Kellys research based on 4 primary groups of children: preschool, early elementary, later elementary and adolescents. Kalters article on ctools uses similar age distinctions to discuss the impact of divorce, including infancy Infancy: Children resonate to parental states; if stressed and depressed exposed to the turmoil Later feelings of being a bad or unlovable baby Preschoolers reactions to divorce Fear of abandonment Difficulty with separation Regressions Cognitive confusion Fear of being replaced Reconciliation fantasies Inhibited behavior or Active aggressive behavior Early Elementary School Pervasive and Intense Sadness...
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