Title

A Court-Mandated Workshop for Adolescent Children of Divorcing Parents. A Program Evaluation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1980

Publication Source

Adolescence

Volume

15

Issue

60

Inclusive pages

763-774

ISBN/ISSN

00018449

Abstract

This article provides a description and an empirical evaluation of a predivorce workshop established by the Family Court of Allen County, Indiana, for adolescent children (N=48) of divorcing parents. Highlighted are the concerns of the adolescents, the approaches taken by the workshop staff, and the impact of the program on the participants. Viewpoints on the clinical, ethical, and legal issues involved in 'required' predivorce counseling for adolescents are presented. The preventive nature of the program, its means of transforming initial resentment toward the workshop experience into positive feelings, and the implications for future practice and research are also discussed.

Disciplines

Psychology

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