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(p. 154) The Power of Group Dynamics: Strategies for Supporting Children and Adolescents in Groups Post Separation and Divorce 

(p. 154) The Power of Group Dynamics: Strategies for Supporting Children and Adolescents in Groups Post Separation and Divorce
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(p. 154) The Power of Group Dynamics: Strategies for Supporting Children and Adolescents in Groups Post Separation and Divorce
Author(s):

Jeff Mintz

, Michael A. Saini

, and Shely Polak

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190693237.003.0006
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date: 25 May 2019

Much has been written about the power of group dynamics. This chapter reviews empirically supported groups for children and adolescents impacted by separation and divorce. Children and adolescents bewildered by the chaos associated with separation and divorce can suffer from the impact of loss, interparental conflict, and changes in family dynamics. Psychoeducational separation/divorce groups for children and adolescents can help children normalize the separation process and feel supported by peers and group facilitators. Group work has the potential to be transformative by allowing children and adolescents to share their mixed feelings related to the separation. This chapter reviews existing group approaches and shares strategies shown to be effective in helping children of all ages better understand and make sense of their new worlds. The chapter considers the importance of parallel group work for parents where feedback is provided to them about their child’s experiences. The hallmark of this family systems approach is that it enlightens parents caught up in their own conflict to be better attuned to their children’s needs and adjustment problems, thereby adding to the supportive framework for helping children and adolescents better cope with the impact of their family transitions.

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