The impact of parental divorce on children's mental health

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Children from divorced families have an increased risk for mental health problems. The impact of parental divorce on children's mental health is dependent on the extent to which they experience divorce Stressors. Evidence suggests that the relation between divorce stressors and children's mental health may be mediated or moderated by interpersonal factors (parental warmth and effective discipline) and intrapersonal factors (threat appraisals, coping strategies, etc.). Evaluations of preventive interventions for children of divorce provide support for the effectiveness of both child-focused and residential mother-focused interventions in facilitating children's post-divorce adjustment. The cross-cultural implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-304
Number of pages6
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004


  • Children's mental health
  • Divorce interventions
  • Parental divorce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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