The children of divorce parenting intervention: Outcome evaluation of an empirically based program

Sharlene A. Wolchik, Stephen G. West, Susan Westover, Irwin N. Sandler, Art Martin, Julie Lustig, Jenn-Yun Tein, Jennifer Fisher

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Abstract

Examined efficacy of an empirically based intervention using 70 divorced mothers who participated in a 12-session program or a wait-list condition. The program targeted five putative mediators: quality of the mother-child relationship, discipline, negative divorce events, contact with fathers, and support from nonparental adults. Posttest comparisons showed higher quality mother-child relationships and discipline, fewer negative divorce events, and better mental health outcomes for program participants than controls. More positive program effects occurred for mothers' than children's reports of variables and for families with poorest initial levels of functioning. Analyses indicated that improvement in the mother-child relationship partially mediated the effects of the program on mental health.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-331
Number of pages39
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1993

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