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Divorce Adjustment

  • By: Frederic J. Medway
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Marital conflict, family separations, divorce, and remarriages, although common in the last 30 years, are difficult and often painful challenges for children. Today, approximately 50% of all first-time marriages end in divorce, and this figure has increased approximately 40% from 10 years ago. At any one time nearly 15% of all families will be divorced and in a given year, 17 out of 1,000 children will face a family divorce. Between 40% and 50% of children will experience a family divorce before age 18 years.

Divorce adjustment occurs when children and adolescents cope relatively well with parental divorce and separation provided that other factors such as a decline in parenting or parental psychopathology do not complicate the process, and provided that children receive some support through ...

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