Divorce, Child and Adolescent Adjustment in
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Kelly, J. B. 2010. Divorce, Child and Adolescent Adjustment in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Parental divorce has been viewed for many decades as the cause of a wide range of enduring behavioral, emotional, and social problems in children and adolescents. Divorced families have been characterized as flawed structures in which to raise children, whereas married families were assumed to offer healthy and nurturing environments. Such simplistic views regarding these family structures have been abandoned in the past 20 years, as evolving social science research has provided an increasingly complex understanding of both marriage and divorce. Although children and adolescents generally fare better in well-functioning two-parent families than in divorced families, not all married families provide appropriate parenting for their children, and many divorced families offer the nurturance and support necessary for positive outcomes (see Clarke-Stewart & Brentano, 2006; Kelly, 2000).
- child and adolescent adjustment;
- risk and protective factors;