Growing Up with Divorce: Help Yr Child Avoid Immed : Helping Your Child Avoid Immediate and Later Emotional Problems
For many years, Growing Up With Divorce has offered divorced parents transformative insight, solace, and practical guidance on how to help their children cope with the stresses caused by marital separation.
Every child is unique, yet there are certain common reactions to the stresses of divorce anger, a sense of divided loyalties, lasting intimacy issues. Dr. Neil Kalter explains that, for children, divorce is not a single event but is comprised of "a series of events that occur over many years." Identifying three stages of divorce, Dr. Kalter cites the particular struggles associated with each stage and explains how gender as well as cognitive, emotional, and social development also affect how children react.
Dispensing sage advice on everything from understanding and minimizing the anxieties that underlie various troublesome behaviors to smoothing out your child's transitions between her two households to incorporating a new spouse into your family, Dr. Kalter gives parents and the professionals who treat divorced families an indispensable guide to navigating the difficulties of divorce.
Director of the Family Styles Project at the University of Michigan, Kalter observes that "divorce is a continuing presence in the psychological lives of the great majority of the children" he treats in clinical practice. Children's levels of development--cognitive, emotional and social--at the time of the parents' divorce creates an enormous variability in response. Kalter delineates five stages of development from infancy through adolescence, illustrates them through case studies and anecdotes, and demonstrates a variety of ways parents can help children at different stages cope with change and stress, and provide for possible long-range effects of divorce. This book presents a framework for those concerned with helping children of divorce grow in psychological health.
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December 31, 2005
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