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(p. 48) (p. 49) Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Child and Adolescent Adjustment Following Separation and Divorce: Social Science Applications 

(p. 48) (p. 49) Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Child and Adolescent Adjustment Following Separation and Divorce: Social Science Applications
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(p. 48) (p. 49) Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Child and Adolescent Adjustment Following Separation and Divorce: Social Science Applications
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Joan B Kelly

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199754021.003.0003
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date: 15 January 2021

The effects of separation and divorce on children attracted considerable attention as the divorce rate began its rapid increase fifty years ago. Initial conviction that the experience of divorce was responsible for lasting emotional, behavioral, and social damage in children and adolescents has gradually shifted to a more accurate and nuanced view of the varied impacts of the separation and divorce process on children. This chapter first describes the extent of risk associated with divorce for children when compared to married-family children. The chapter then discusses two important risk factors for children prior to separation: intense marital conflict and problematic parenting. The main focus of the chapter is the major factors associated with increased risk and enhanced resilience in children and adolescents following divorce for which consensus has emerged from thousands of empirical studies.

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