Current psychological research demonstrates that parental divorce can have negative effects on children (Amato, 2005). This review compiles and compares research regarding the different effects of divorce on emotional, social, physical, and mental wellbeing of children of divorce. The research outlined in this review studies children ages 0-18 in the United States but focuses on children in elementary and middle schools. Present intervention programs for children of divorce are compared and the different goals and methods of each are then identified. These methods are compared based on their effects on the participants. By looking at the improvements in social, emotional, physical, and mental health of the participants in each program, the most successful methods are identified. The successful aspects of each program are compiled to suggest the development of a new program including all these components. Suggestions for further research on effects of divorce, current intervention programs, and possible future programs are then discussed.

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