Effects of parental divorce on children in relation to development and attachment style

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Title: Effects of parental divorce on children in relation to development and attachment style
Author: Cox, Sarah Elizabeth, 1982-
Abstract: Extensive research on the impact of divorce on children has been conducted . Much of this research emphasizes negative findings . Debate over the factors that exacerbate or alleviate these negative findings exists , and prompted investigation in this literature review . Two factors that may determine how children will react to parental divorce are the child's developmental acuity and attachment style at the time of the divorce event . This review explains developmental tasks from a psychosocial and cognitive perspective for developing children from birth to age 18 . An understanding of these models can be used to examine how children may be vulnerable to the stresses in a divorcing family , as well as identifying how to help children of all ages become resilient . Research included in this review suggests that a secure attachment and consistent parenting are the best buffers from negative effects . This literature review is intended to be a guide to aid parents , counselors , and other professionals who seek the best outcome for children of divorce .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1415
Date: 2010-11-30

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Effects of parental divorce on children in relation to development and attachment style. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1415 .

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