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Chantel Sarrazin

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of Divorce

Helping Children Cope
Help youth express their feelings
Help them find words for their feelings.
Make confidentiality clear.
Use interactive activities to encourage expression of feelings.
Keep them informed !
Positives +
Although divorce can be difficult for most children transitioning through this life altering situation, the child and family system may be able to benefit from the result. This may be because of the release of tension and hostility in the home. Divorce may be able to assist the guardian(s) in creating a more stable and nurturing environment.
Short-Term Affects
Feelings of guilt and responsibility.
May become aggressive, violent, and/or cooperative.
May become withdrawn.
Feelings of resentment may progress towards parents.
Loss of ability to concentrate.
Intense feelings of grief and loss.
Regression to early dependencies.
Girls & Boys
Girls and boys react in different ways to the scenario of divorce. Children's adjustment is also determined by the amount of conflict their parents may have had before the divorce.
What is Divorce?
Divorce is the discontinuation of a martial status. It is a legal process which may include child custody, child visitation/access, parenting time, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt.
Long-Term Affects
May experience poverty.
May display anti-social behaviours as well as behavioural problems.
May suffer from addiction.
May become less educated.
May experience separation and/or divorce themselves.
Helping Children Cope
Be honest.
Say "I love you".
Avoid blaming.
Acknowledge that things will be different.
Keep spousal conflict separate from child.
Keep child informed
Be age aware.
Reassure them when needed
Girls often tend to become more anxious and withdrawn. Girls who have experienced divorce may become promiscuous at an early age.

Boys often tend to become more aggressive and disobedient. Boys may have an easier time at adjusting to a parent's remarriage, while girls are shown to have more difficulty.
as Parents
as a Child and Youth Worker
Divorce has decreased by 8% from 2006 to 2011 and continues to decline.
35% of Canadian children are affected by divorce.
Only 5% of parents tell their children they are separating and that life will be different.
Ontario has the highest divorce rate where as Nunavut has the lowest divorce rate in Canada.
2005 Statistics Canada Divorces per year; Nunavut : 10 Ontario: 28,805
A Short Skit
Narrator - Bobbi
CYW - Chantel
Child - Janessa
Parents - Cass & Martha

A Short Discussion
1. Why we believe Divorce is a concern in the Child and Youth worker field.

2. What we believe may be beneficial as CYW's when supporting family members throughout a divorce.

3. Is there anything that someone would like to add?

Foulkes-Jamison, L (2013) The Effects of Divorce On Children. Retrieved from: http://cpancf.com/articles_files/efffectsdivorceonchildren.asp
Kemp, G., Smith, M.A., and Segal, J. (2013) Children and Divorce. Retrieved from: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/children_divorce.htm
Lowenstein, L. (2002) Letting the Cat out of the Bag, p.25 Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth. Champion Press;Toronto, Canada.
Pickhardt, C. (2011) Surviving (Your Child's) Adolescence. Retrieved from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/surviving-your-childs-adolescence/201112/the-impact-divorce-young-children-and-adolescents
N,A., (2008) Divorces, by province and territory. Retrieved from: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/famil02-eng.htm
Thank You All for Listening :)
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