Handbook of Crisis Counseling, Intervention, and Prevention in the Schools

By Jonathan Sandoval | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 5
Divorce: Crisis Intervention
and Prevention With Children
of Divorce and Remarriage
Andrew M. Lamden
Private practice, Marin County, CA
Mariam J. King
Center for the Family in Transition
Ruth K. Goldman
San Francisco State University

Although statistics indicate that the rate of divorce in the United States has leveled off in the past 6 years, a large number of families continue to experience divorce each year (Shaw, Emery, & Tuer, 1993; Norton & Miller, 1992). In fact, divorce and marital separation are second only to death of a parent as stressful events for youngsters (Coddington, 1972). Given that approximately 2% of children living in the United States are faced with parental divorce each year (Emery & Forehand, 1996) and the speculation that 25% of children experience a parental breakup by age 14 (Baydar, 1988), it is crucial to understand the impact that divorce has on children. The need to develop and implement effective means of addressing these difficulties continues to be the focus of researchers and mental health clinicians who work with large numbers of children. Researchers have investigated how crisis intervention techniques can best be adapted to ameliorate the negative, long-term effects of familial disruption on youngsters (Goldman & King, 1985; filter, Pickar, & Lesowitz, 1984; Pedro-Carroll & Cowen, 1985; Stolberg & Cullen, 1983; Wallerstein & Kelly, 1980). However, most divorce-related child research conducted over the past decade has led to a better understanding of how parental conflict and parenting styles, within marriage or

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