Stories of how divorce can devastate
children appear with alarming frequency in magazines and
newspapers and on television.
there is another story that gets less attention: Many
children emerge from a divorce feeling loved and secure
and proud of themselves and their families. What is
it that empowers some children to survive emotionally
intact while others develop serious problems which can
persist for years?
factors contribute to how well children weather divorce.
But experts agree that the most crucial one is parental
behavior. If parents sensitively respond to their
children's emotional needs and give them the opportunity
to grieve and confront their pain, loss anger, then
genuine healing can occur.
The handbook, Surviving the Pain of
Divorce and Separation: 8 Steps for Parents and Children
by Dr. Janice I. Cohn, pulls together current
research as well as insights from clinicians, child
therapists and families themselves. It presents what
is known to help children and parents survive the
emotional upheaval of a family break-up.
handbook for parents has been distributed to family court
judges and court systems throughout the country, and has
been endorsed by a number of judicial organizations. It is now available to individuals, schools and community
organizations who are interested in purchasing copies.
For further information call Dr. Cohn at
973-509-2320 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.