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Strengths-Building Public Policy for Children of Divorce

INVESTING IN CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES: STRENGTHS-BASED RESEARCH AND POLICY, Kenneth Maton, Cynthia Schellenbach, Bonnie Leadbeater, & Andrea Solarz, eds., American Psychological Association, 2004

Posted: 10 Sep 2009  

Sanford L. Braver

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology

Ira Mark Ellman

Arizona State University College of Law; Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology; Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley

Irwin Sandler

Arizona State University (ASU)

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Instead of focusing on the problems associated with divorce, this chapter delineates a strengths, based model of the relations among divorce policies, mediating factors,and children's outcomes. Little research has linked specific divorce policies to child well being following divorce. Based on an extensive review of the literature, several factors such as children's positive coping skills, low parental conflict, high warmth and consistency of the parents, and the quality of the contact with the noncustodial parent appear to mediate the effects of divorce. The chapter illustrates that policies that are designed to influence these mediators to maximize strengths and minimize risks will lead to the most positive child outcomes and concludes with a public health model for integrating research and policy.

Keywords: Divorce, children, strength

Suggested Citation

Braver, Sanford L. and Ellman, Ira Mark and Sandler, Irwin, Strengths-Building Public Policy for Children of Divorce (2004). INVESTING IN CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES: STRENGTHS-BASED RESEARCH AND POLICY, Kenneth Maton, Cynthia Schellenbach, Bonnie Leadbeater, & Andrea Solarz, eds., American Psychological Association, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1471343

Sanford L. Braver

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )

950 S. McAllister Ave
P. O. Box 871104
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States

Ira Mark Ellman (Contact Author)

Arizona State University College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Phoenix, AZ
United States
480-965-2125 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.asu.edu/HomePages/Ellman/

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )

950 S. McAllister Ave
P. O. Box 871104
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States

Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720-2150
United States

Irwin Sandler

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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