Dykeman Critique

It has been said that one third of all American children will experience the divorce of their parents’ before the age of 18 (Dykeman, 2003, para.2). This exposes a serious problem plaguing American families as well as students, educators, principals, colleges and universities. This article observed that some children cope well with the dissolution of their parents’ marriage without any major disruptions to their social functioning (Goeke-Moran, 2007, p.1). On the other hand¸ some children have trouble coping with their parents’ divorce experiencing difficulty in school as well as trouble adjusting to their new living arrangements (Goeke-Moran, 2007, p.1). Children who have difficulty adjusting to the changes occurring in their life tend to lash out both verbally and physically. The purpose of the study was to test the effectiveness of an intervention program for students who have been referred by their teachers to their school counselor because of some outburst or other display of defiant behavior and destructive behavior patterns.
Upon initial review of Dykeman’s “The Effects of Family Conflict Resolution on Children’s Classroom Behavior” article, it appears to be a rather convincing study.   I found this article to be quiet intriguing as its study ties in closely with my final research project regarding domestic violence and its effects on families especially children who fall victim or witness acts of violence in the home. In addition, my own parents divorced during my early adolescent years leaving my mother to take on the sole responsibility of parenting me however I managed to cope with their divorce rather well as I have few memories of my father living in the home with us. The U.S. Census bureau estimates that approximately 50 percent of all American children
born in 1982 will live in a single-parent home sometime during their first 18 years,
mostly as a result of separation or divorce (Krehbiel, 2010, p.2). Schools can represent one stable force in the...