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Family Counseling and Impacts of Divorce

Reflect on the ways that divorce may affect various members of a family in counseling.
Think about the theoretical perspectives on divorce and the factors relating to each that may have an impact on families undergoing divorce.

Analyze two different perspectives on a particular way that divorce may impact families.
Provide specific examples to support your analysis, either from experience, observation, or the media.
Compare the perspectives and defend the perspective you believe to be most sound.

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Again, as I did not have your supporting material, I would again suggest that you review this information. I have provided views on the impact of divorce from my own knowledge and from research.

(a) Reflect on the ways that divorce may affect various members of a family in counseling.

Think about the theoretical perspectives on divorce and the factors relating to each that may have an impact on families undergoing divorce.

One of the ways that divorce can affect a family in counseling has to do with disclosure. Research shows that parent's inappropriate disclosure about the divorce can affect adolescents both psychologically and physically (Afifi, McManus, Hutchinson, Baker, & Birgitta, 2007). Particularly, where children are involved, therapists must be cautious concerning supporting goals for the family that override those of the individual. Moreover, therapy with children brings up special considerations, and therapists find it difficult to support parental goals that deny the rights of the child client (Koocher, 1976). Thus, according to Koocher, the first matter of importance to discuss with the family would be issues of consent, confidentiality and disclosure. Therefore at the very first meeting the therapist must decide if what is revealed in the session will be kept secret.

Moreover, in expanding on the topic of disclosure Afifi et al (2007) asserts that children may have different perceptions than the parents following a divorce. He asserts that children need more information about the divorce in order to reduce uncertainty about the state of the family. Further, ...

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