Adjustment to separation and divorce: evaluation of a community group intervention program

Vukalovich, Dragica (2004) Adjustment to separation and divorce: evaluation of a community group intervention program. Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University.

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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a group intervention program offered by a community organization to people adjusting to separation and divorce. Adjustment outcomes were examined longitudinally using a pre-, post- and six-months post-intervention follow-up. The research sample comprised permanent and temporary residents of the Cairns region. Due to a high transient population, a high attrition rate was experienced post- and six-months post-intervention. Two studies were conducted. For study one, 29 participants were randomly assigned to the intervention or delayed intervention groups. Both groups participated in a six-week intervention program. The aim of this study was to investigate gender and group differences in adjustment to separation and divorce following group intervention. For study two, 15 participants were randomly assigned to the six-week intervention group, the two-day intervention group and the wait-list control group. The aim of this study was to use a clinically oriented applied investigation of psychological intervention to assess adjustment outcomes. The adjustment measures used to explore gender and group differences for both studies were Rosenberg's Self-Esteem scale, Social Support Appraisal scale, Levenson's Locus of Control scale and Fisher's Divorce Adjustment scale. Relationship status, relationship number and decider of separation and divorce helped to determine additional group differences. The social context variables: emotional, psychological, social, financial adjustment, property division and satisfaction provided an opportunity to address other aspects of adjustment. Most participants indicated some adjustment differences following intervention with reduced adjustment gains six-months post-intervention. The results indicate some benefits of group intervention. Furthermore, implications for future group intervention programs, gender and group specific information for the enhancement of future programs are discussed.

Item ID: 1326
Item Type: Thesis (Masters (Research))
Keywords: group intervention program; community organization; separation and divorce; intervention and delayed intervention; gender and group differences; clinically oriented applied investigation of psychological intervention; adjustment outcomes; Rosenberg's self-esteem scale; social support appraisal scale; Levenson's locus of control scale; fisher 19s divorce adjustment scale; relationship status and number; decider of separation and divorce; social context variables; emotional; psychological; social; financial adjustment; property division and satisfaction
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2007
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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