• Parental divorce;
  • children's adjustment;
  • psychosocial competence;
  • school performance

Abstract— The purpose of this study was to assess the psychosocial and academic competence of children from divorced families in Greece and to compare it with findings in other countries. The sample of the study consisted of fifth and sixth grade elementary school pupils (mean age = 11.3) attending Greek public schools. The “divorced family” group consisted of 26 children, while the control group consisted of all classmates of these students (N = 381) from intact families. Teacher, peer and self-rating instruments were used. Children from divorced families were found to experience serious difficulties in various aspects of their behavior and competence.