Relationships Quick Answers
Is counseling useful for children who may be having some difficulty adjusting to their parent's divorce?
Yes, counseling may be useful. Some schools have begun groups for children whose parents have recently divorced. These programs are designed to help children explore their feelings and learn how other kids from divorced families have found ways to cope. These groups can promote children's adjustment. Sometimes children feel better about their families when they find that other kids are adjusting well to a similar situation. Other types of counseling by social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists may also be helpful.
Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., Former Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, August 20, 2008