A recently launched website aims to teach emotional coping strategies to children whose parents are divorcing.
Children of Divorce Coping with Divorce was developed by clinical psychologist Jesse Boring as part of his graduate dissertation at Arizona State University.
Inspired by his own experiences of divorce as a child, Boring analysed existing material aimed at children and developed a series of modules for youngsters aged between 11 and 16.
“The idea was I can create a program that uses all of the best information we have that we know helps people, and I can put it out to the world where it can get out to people.”
The modules explore the emotions typically experienced by children when their parents divorce and the various ways in which they can learn to deal with these, via a mix of audio, video and interactive material which is designed to echo the way Boring would talk to a child who had been brought to see him in person.
“I’d tell them stories about my life to relate to what they’re going through, share my personal reaction to things.”
Children whose parents split up face difficult challenges, the psychologist declared.
“Children of divorce are different than other kids. They have stressful things to deal with. There’s a lot to cope with.”
Visit Children of Divorce Coping with Divorce here.