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Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate By Emilia Dowling

Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate by Emilia Dowling

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One in four children experiences the separation/divorce of their parents by the time they reach 16 years. This book can provide schools, parents and professionals working with parents and children with an understanding of the needs of children and how it is possible to work with them and their families to face the challenging times in their lives.

Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate Summary

Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate by Emilia Dowling

One in four children experiences the separation/divorce of their parents by the time they reach 16 years. When parents separate levels of conflict can be high and significant changes in family relationships continue to take place over time. Whilst in emotional distress themselves, parents often manage to pay attention to the needs of their children and it is this parental support that helps children and young people through this transition. However, when emotions are heightened for the adults, there are occasions when the needs of the children can easily be overlooked. Throughout this time of turmoil and bereavement, it is often the school that provides the children with a secure base. This practical resource will provide schools, parents and professionals working with parents and children with a comprehensive understanding of the needs of children and how it is possible to work with them and their families to face the challenging times in their lives.

About Emilia Dowling

Emilia Dowling is a chartered clinical psychologist and systemic family psychotherapist who worked at the Tavistock Clinic for many years, where she was head of Child Psychology and was involved in postgraduate training, practice and research. Di Elliott initially qualified in social work and worked with families and children. She later acted as a Guardian ad Litem representing children in Family Court proceedings and went on to become Chair of the East Sussex Guardian ad Litem Panel Committee. She qualified as a systemic psychotherapist at the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT).

Table of Contents

254 x 174mm, 72pp Paperback ISBN 978-0-86388-906-6 ORDER CODE D11-002-5784 GBP26.75 Foreword v About the authors vi Acknowledgements vii Introduction viii Part 1 Conceptual framework and generic theories 1 Systems theory Attachment theory Social construction and narrative theories Family life cycle The school as an organisation: school culture and ethos Summary: Why do we need theories? Part 2 The separation and divorce process 17 Bereavement Transition over time Understanding children's reactions Part 3 The relationship between family and school according to 25 the stages in the family life cycle Pre-school and nursery level Primary school level Secondary school level Family and school perspectives: narratives about separation and divorce Parents School Part 4 Age and stage reactions to separation and divorce 31 The developmental journey from birth to young adulthood - an overview 0-2: the first two years 3-5: the pre-school years 5-11: the primary school years 11-16: the secondary school years 16-18: the sixth form/college years How children may react to parental separation at different stages What children need at each stage of development when parents separate What parents, schools, relatives and others can do 0-2: the first two years 3-5: the pre-school years 5-11: the primary school years 11-16: the secondary school years 16-18: the sixth form/college years Part 5 Repartnering 47 The beginning of the repartnering relationship Working out a pattern for the new family Establishment of the new family Children's reactions How parents, teachers and others can help Part 6 What we have learned from parents, children, teachers, 53 counsellors and others Parents Children Teachers, counsellors and others Part 7 What schools can do: a whole school approach 61 A whole school approach Parents' evenings Training for staff Part 8 Keeping an open mind in practice 65 Common situations Ideas about helpful conversations Frequently asked questions General points to bear in mind Concluding thoughts Bibliography 73 Useful sources and websites

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NGR9780863889066
9780863889066
0863889069
Understanding Children's Needs When Parents Separate by Emilia Dowling
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2012-04-30
72
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