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Author Mollica-Minson, Marion Rose
Title Divorce education, a developmental perspective, a training manual for parents
book jacket
Descript 97 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 60-09, Section: B, page: 4967
Chairperson: Carmen Roca
Thesis (Psy.D.)--Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, 1999
The purpose of this manual was to effectively train parents in some techniques used by play therapists so that they could help children navigate their way through the divorce process by offering them a way to express their feelings symbolically through play. At the same time, this manual was developed to help parents learn to understand the developmental level of their child using a Cognitive/Social/Emotional perspective by integrating the ideas and theoretical constructs of Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget
Children display a wide variety of behaviors in response to the divorce of their parents. Fears about the future, guilt and anxiety related to the breakup and a myriad of other emotions make it difficult for them to express themselves using words. Since it is, most times, easiest for children to express themselves using play, it was the intention of this manual to provide parents with some insight as well as with some techniques to facilitate open communication between parent and child
Parents are often times very focused on their own ability to deal with life when they are faced with the end of a relationship. It is the hope of this manual to help parents understand that their relationship as parents never really ends and that they really need to stop and take a look at how their divorce is effecting their family as a unit
There is a plethora of research that supports the damage done to children on an emotional/social and cognitive level that supports the need for large-scale intervention. This manual is designed to meet the needs of the general population so as to be appropriate for all parents divorcing who have children age twelve and under
The data collected included recent research from a variety of sources and journal articles. A manual was written amassing this data and integrating it for the general public to read. Based on the data collected, interventions were suggested in order to help parents learn how to therapeutically play with their children, to better understand their child's emotional needs and how to know when professional help is necessary. A resource section is also included for parents who want to investigate the many different resources available to them
School code: 1007
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 60-09B
Subject Psychology, Social
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Alt Author Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies
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