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California: Don't Divorce The Children
(provided by Dana Schutz, MA, LMFT and Irving Zaroff, JD, LMFT)

Does divorce traumatize children? The answer depends on two factors: the child's resiliency and the environment created by divorce. People are unique in their personal makeup. Some experience events like they're made of Teflon - it just slides off. Others experience events as severe trauma - they are enduringly influenced. While parents can do no more for the former, once they have left their DNA, they have a great deal of influence over the latter.

How can parents help to minimize the risk of trauma to children during and after divorce?

Parent to child:

Between parents:

Parent to self:

Some of the indicators that children are experiencing the divorce in a traumatic way are:

When parents divorce, they don't divorce the children.

Information provided by:
Dana Schutz, MA, LMFT and Irving Zaroff, JD, LMFT


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