chapter  6
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Coping with Parental Divorce

In the face of multiple changes that divorce brings, most children show great resilience and cope. Children are active agents and cope by using resources and support systems that are available to them to adapt to the new situation without the need for external or outside intervention (Smart and Wade 2002). However, whether the coping is positive or negative is always qualified within contexts and in terms of outcomes. Thus children meeting identified developmental needs, social expectations of behaviour and achieving positive goals in society may be regarded as positive coping. Similarly, coping that may result in negative behaviours such as low achievements in school, career, behavioural problems may be considered as maladjusted.