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(p. 3) Shifting Our Perspective: Focusing on Coping and Adjustment 

(p. 3) Shifting Our Perspective: Focusing on Coping and Adjustment
(p. 3) Shifting Our Perspective: Focusing on Coping and Adjustment

Lyn R. Greenberg

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date: 26 October 2020

This chapter discusses the importance of placing interventions for court-involved families within the context of the developmental tasks children need to master and the multiple systems they interact with. There is a wealth of research and professional literature addressing the risks to children at the center of legal conflict, and many areas of psychology provide evidence-based or evidence-informed models for assisting children with the resilience and coping abilities they will need to adjust successfully. The importance of evidence-informed decision-making is described, along with conceptual models for service planning and considering relevant literature. The association of abilities to eventual adjustment makes it critical that these issues be addressed promptly, even before the parents’ conflict is resolved. Approaches for integrating systemic perspective with coping strategies are discussed.

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