Children of Divorce

Daniel S. Shaw & Erin M. Ingoldsby

Introduction

Divorce is one of the most common environmental stressors experienced by children. As more has been learned about children's adjustment to divorce and response to treatment, researchers have come to view it as a complex series of transitions and adaptations, rather than a simplistic, unitary event. Within this process framework, a greater appreciation for the differential effects of divorce and application of treatment has been achieved. This paper will review present conceptualizations of the impact of divorce on children's adjustment, literature pertinent to treatment outcome, and suggestions to optimize intervention. At the conclusion of the chapter, a case illustration is provided to demonstrate the multifaceted issues involved in clinical work with this population of children.