THE CONTENT OF DIVORCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Results of a Survey

Authors

  • Sanford L. Braver,

    1. Sanford L. Braver, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Program for Prevention Research at Arizona State University. His research interests involve issues facing divorcing families, and developing and applying sound research methodology to family issues.
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  • Peter Salem,

    1. Peter Salem is Associate Director of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Madison, Wisconsin, Coordinator of AFCC's Congress on Parent Education Programs, and Staff Consultant to the AFCC-ABA Family Law Section Joint Task Force on Parent Education Programs.
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  • Jessica Pearson,

    1. Jessica Pearson, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Social Policy Research, an independent non-profit company conducting program evaluation and research in Denver, Colorado. She has completed many studies concerning court services and family law.
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  • Stephanie R. DeLusé

    1. Stephanie R. DeLusé is a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D in social psychology at Arizona State University. She is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the Program for Prevention Research interested in applying strong scientific methods to programs for individuals and families.
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Abstract

A survey was conducted to assess the content coverage of more than 100 divorce education programs for parents in North America. Fifty-six percent of the programs were mandatory for at least some categories of divorcing parents. Results showed that the most intensively covered topics involved the effects of divorce on children and the benefits of parental cooperation. Moderate coverage was devoted to skills acquisition, such as conflict management and parenting, and to the effects of divorce on parents. Minimal coverage was devoted to “nuts and bolts” and legal issues. The results are discussed in terms of issues likely to emerge as a result of this content coverage.

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