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Online co-parenting course can help divorcing couples

Online co-parenting course can help divorcing couples

Postby smix » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:58 pm

Online co-parenting course can help divorcing couples

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/ ... WB20140910
Category: healthNews
Published: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:29:55 GMT

Description: NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most U.S. states require divorcing couples with children to take a co-parenting course before the marriage can end, and one of the most widely used online programs can be helpful, according to a new review. The study’s lead author says such courses are “timely” because conflict between parents during the separation period before divorce is more intense compared to a few years later. “There is evidence that the conflict between parents contributes to child maladjustment and behavior issues among youth,” said Bowers, a researcher with the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “The effects of the inter-parental conflict have been found to be stronger than the effects of the divorce itself,” she added. Some previous research has shown that children fare better when their parents cooperate and work to minimize conflict, she told Reuters Health. "This is why laws and policies surrounding these classes focus on the children . . . the aim is to help parents cooperatively communicate, minimize conflict and communicate with their child about the divorce,” she said. Bowers and her colleagues have reviewed online co-parenting courses that satisfy the courts in the past. She said they look at the design of the program and its content, to see if they include important topics for divorcing parents and if they’re based on solid scientific evidence.
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