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Study Guide Answers

1.     How many children must deal with the breakup of their parents' marriages every year in America?
     one million
2.     Define a "nuclear family."
     a husband, a wife, and the children they have together
3.     What is an "extended family"?
     a nuclear family or a single-parent family that lives with other relatives, such as aunts, uncles, cousins, or grandparents
4.     What is a "blended family"?
     A blended family occurs when a parent remarries. It includes step-parents and perhaps, step-siblings.
5.     During the grief process that accompanies divorce, what is normally experienced by the children?
     shock, disbelief, anger, sorrow, acceptance
6.     Name some common symptoms of grief.
     feeling physically drained and depressed/ loss of emotional control/ loss of appetite or overeating/ sleeplessness/ unclear thinking and fantasizing about the past/ believing the grief cannot be overcome
7.     How do young people often feel when their parents divorce?
     ashamed / frightened/ uncertain / hurt/ betrayed/ abandoned/ cynical/ skeptical/ relieved
8.     What is a "mid-life crisis"?
     It's a time when middle-aged people panic that they are aging and they make attempts to recapture their youth.
9.     What condition signals the end of a woman's childbearing years?
     menopause
10.     Why should children never feel responsible for a divorce?
     When parents divorce, it is because their relationship has deteriorated.
11.     What is meant by a "no-fault divorce"?
     Neither husband nor wife is found guilty of any wrongdoing in the marriage.
12.     How might life change for a child of divorce?
     There may be a move to a new home, either in the same town or in a new community. There may be less money available, so the children may have to do without some things they are used to having. The children may have to assume more responsibilities around the home. Children may have to give up their own plans in order to spend weekends or holidays with the non-custodial parent.
13.     How can children "keep out of the middle" when divorcing parents argue?
     Respectfully refuse to be an intermediary. Tell parents it is very stressful to hear negative comments about either one of them.
14.     Why are teens whose parents are divorcing more "at risk" for behavioral problems?
     Parents may be preoccupied with their own problems and not as tuned-in to the children as they used to be. Also, when the normal routine and consistency that have provided a structure for life fall away, young people are more susceptible to negative peer pressure.
15.     What kinds of help are available for for young people who are trying to cope with the realities of parental divorce?
     guidance counselors at school/ support groups/ professional counseling centers
16.     How might a young person feel when his or her parents begin to date?
     It may be embarrassing for the young person. He or she may not like to think of his or her parents as people who have romantic feelings. There is sometimes resentment and jealousy.
17.     Why is it in the child's best interest to not make a new step-parent into an enemy?
     A step-parent can be a friend and an ally - another caring adult in a child's support network.
18.     What is "resiliency"?
     the ability to withstand a shock without sustaining permanent damage
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