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Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives

Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives,10.1111/j.1741-3729.2003.00352.x,Family Relations,Joan B. Kelly,Robert E. Em

Children's Adjustment Following Divorce: Risk and Resilience Perspectives   (Citations: 87)
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The empirical literature on the longer-term adjustment of children of divorce is reviewed from the perspective of (a) the stressors and elevated risks that divorce presents for children and (b) protective factors associated with better adjustment. The resiliency demonstrated by the majority of children is discussed, as are controversies regarding the adjustment of adult children of divorce. A third dimension of children's responses to divorce, that of lingering painful memories, is distinguished from pathology in order to add a useful complement to risk and resilience perspectives. The potential benefits of using an increasingly differentiated body of divorce research to shape the content of interventions, such as divorce education, by designing programs that focus on known risk factors for children and that assist parents to institute more protective behaviors that may enhance children's longer-term adjustment is discussed.
Journal: Family Relations - FAM RELAT , vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 352-362, 2003
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    • ...The overwhelming research on the importance of these skills (Contreras et al, 2000; Cooper, Shaver, & Collins, 1998; Dunn, Davies, O'Connor, & Sturgess, 2001; Fields & Prinz, 1997; Johnston & Roseby, 1997; Kelly & Emery, 2003) and the real-life implications if children fail to learn them, may ultimately serve as a reason for parents to appreciate the value of treatment and to cooperate with the therapist (Johnston, Walters, & Friedlander, 2001)...

    Lyn R. Greenberget al. Keeping the Developmental Frame: Child-Centered Conjoint Therapy

    • ...Parental divorce (we use the terms divorce and divorced and separation and separated to indicate the same phenomenon, referring to a permanent parental separation) might represent a risk factor for children's individuation and adjustment in young adulthood, as it adds complexity to the changes in roles, boundaries, and relational distances in the family requested at this developmental stage, sometimes intensifying young people's uncertainty about their belonging and identities (Emery, 1994; Johnston, 1990; Kelly, 2000; Kelly & Emery, 2003; Wallerstein, 2005)...

    Lisa Parmianiet al. Loyalty Conflict, Feelings of Unfairness, and Young Adults' Individuat...

    • ...Austin (2009) asserts custody evaluations are an “easy target” for critics because of the complexity of the forensic task, but there is a vast research literature relevant to the issues commonly faced by custody evaluators, as well as numerous literature reviews for them to draw from (see Kelly & Emery, 2003)...

    William G. Austinet al. Forensic Expert Roles and Services in Child Custody Litigation: Work P...

    • ...Experienced therapists, mediators, and arbitrators, though, caution against assuming that intense post-divorce conflict is necessarily a bilateral interaction between two angry parents equally responsible for the problems (Kelly & Emery, 2003; Warshak, 2010b)...

    Aaron J. Handset al. Parental Alienation Among College Students

    • ...This is consistent with a large body of divorce literature which suggests that interparental discord increases risk for children’s maladjustment (Amato 2000; Kelly and Emery 2003; Leon 2003)...

    Yok-Fong Paat. The Link Between Financial Strain, Interparental Discord and Children’...

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