First, complete the following activities in MindTap:
· Explore: Chapter 11 Investigate Development: Post-Divorce Adjustment
· Decide: Chapter 11 Investigate Development: Post-Divorce Adjustment
Regarding the Case Study involving Post-Divorce Adjustment, please give your reasons for why you assessed what the parents should address as you did.
Consider the following factors in your reasons:
· Parental conflict,
· Parenting time, and
· Socioeconomic status.
Hi, I’m Dr. David Williams and I am a private practice clinical psychologist.
I have been appointed by Judge Morgan to work with a family following the parents’ divorce and I could use your help determining how to promote their child’s post-divorce adjustment.
What area is most important for the parents to address to promote their child’s adjustment? Why?
Those are the questions you will answer when you Make A Decision.
To answer those questions you will Investigate the Evidence I have collected from the family’s life.
But before you Investigate the Evidence from the family, take a minute to
Consult the Research
I’ve collected for you.
Consult the Research
You will be able to come here to Consult the Research anytime you wish.
Researchers have found that parental conflict, parenting time, and socioeconomic status can affect a child’s adjustment post-divorce. Take a moment to Consult the Research on these factors.
Then you will Investigate the Evidence I have collected from the family’s life, before you Make A Decision to predict what area is most important for the parents to address to promote their child’s post-divorce adjustment.
One big risk factor of bad outcomes for children after divorce is a lack of time spent with a nonresident parent.
· Lack of time with a parent who no longer lives with the child – usually the father – puts a child at risk for a number of struggles such as increased hostility, psychological disorders, and health problems (Fabricius & Luecken, 2007).
· Current research has found that the relationship between fathers and their children gets better the more parenting time fathers have up to 50% whereas the relationship between the child and their mother is not harmed when fathers spend up to the 50% time limit with the child (Fabricius et al., 2012).
· Parents with joint custody of their children have kids that are better adjusted than those in sole custody families, regardless of the amount of conflict between the parents (Bauserman, 2002).
Socioeconomic status also plays a role in post-divorce adjustment for children.
· Socioeconomic status (SES) is a family’s economic and social position in relation to others, based on income, education, and occupation. This includes how much money the family has, the neighborhood they live in, and the parents’ jobs (APA, 2014).
· Families who experience parental divorce often also experience a decrease in SES and standard of living, especially for children and their primary caregiver but even for the nonresident parent (Duncan & Hoffman, 1985).
· Having a change, particularly a decline in SES, can often lead to other changes which can be stressful for a child including changing schools, moving, and leaving friends. These changes can also have a negative impact on kids (Kelly & Emery, 2003).
How is the child adjusting post-divorce?
Q. How is Dana settling in to her new school?
A. (Tentatively) She’s doing ok. It can be daunting for any child to integrate into a new school and Dana has found it challenging at times. She tends to prefer her own company and will happily get on with activities on her own, but when it comes to working in a group she can become quite introverted and shy. She’s pretty quiet and can often find it hard to talk to the other children.
Listen to the voicemail messages between Dana’s parents below. How do they each feel Dana is adjusting?
Janet: Hi, it’s me. I was just calling to see if Dana had settled down. I know it’s tough for her to go back and forth and I worry to think she might be unsettled all weekend. This isn’t easy for anyone. I know we’re happier now…but what about Dana? Anyway, if you could call me back and let me know she’s ok, that would be great.
Greg: Hi, just putting Dana to bed and she’s fine….We do need to work out this school situation though. Dana just doesn’t seem happy there and I don’t want her education to suffer because of us. We need to talk about her going back to her old school. Speak to you later….
Janet: Greg, I thought we’d been over this? I know the school is close to you but there’s just no way I can get her across town in time for school every day and get back to work. Does she know you’re trying to change her school again? We can’t put her in the middle of this. Bye.