BEHAVIOURAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN OF DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

BEHAVIOURAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN OF DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

Summaries Child Development

Select three articles that address topics that you may want to investigate further in your Week Six paper (see Week Six for full assignment details).

 

Write a one paragraph summary of each article, explaining what you found most interesting and why. After each summary, provide the full reference for the article in APA style. You can use the articles below are 3 other articles as long as they are peer viewed. Please use APA format for citations as well.

Article 1

 

Behavioural development in children of divorce and remarriage. Source:

 

Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines [J Child Psychol Psychiatry] 1997 Oct; Vol. 38 (7), pp. 769-81.

 

Journal Info:

 

Publisher: Blackwell Publishers Country of Publication: ENGLAND NLM ID:0375361 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Print ISSN: 0021-9630 (Print)Linking ISSN: 00219630 NLM ISO Abbreviation: J Child Psychol Psychiatry Subsets:MEDLINE

Abstract:

 

We employed an autoregressive modelling technique with data from the Québec Longitudinal Study to prospectively examine the developmental impact of family transition on behavior while controlling for pre-divorce and pre-remarriage effects. Teachers rated children’s anxious, hyperactive, physically aggressive, oppositional, and prosocial behavior every 2 years from kindergarten through to the end of elementary school. Once individual and parental characteristics and antecedent family events were controlled, children who experienced parental divorce before age 6 exhibited comparatively more behavioral disturbance than their peers whose parents divorced later. With the exception of a protective effect on hyperactive behavior, remarriage did not have a significant impact on children’s behavior when the legacy of divorce was controlled. Although the results suggest that children of divorced parents show difficulty in many areas of functioning, the effects of family transition on behavioral development were dependent on the child’s age and the specific behavioral dimension assessed. Compared to other points in development, early childhood divorce was associated with long-term increases in anxious, hyperactive, and oppositional behavior during later childhood. The effects of divorce on children’s fighting were short-lived. Unlike previous prospective studies that suggest pre-divorce effects, we did not observe behavioral disturbance prior to divorce or remarriage.

 

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