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Children of Divorce Intervention Program

The Children's Institute
274 North Goodman, Suite D103
Rochester, NY 14607
http://www.childrensinstitute.net

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Contact Information:
Dr. JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, PhD
Director
585.295.1000
jpcarroll@childrensinstitute.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Children of divorce

Description:

The Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) is a supportive, small group preventive intervention designed to reduce the stress of family transitions and foster children's resilience and healthy adjustment to changes in family structure. CODIP helps children identify and express feelings, share experiences, form bonds with peers, enhance positive perceptions of self and family, and increase their ability to cope with challenging changes associated with divorce.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1982
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Foundations
Donations
Organizations/Agencies

Counselors

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

In an evaluation with a quasi-experimental design, children participating in the program demonstrated significantly greater gains in adjustment at the end of the program and at the time of the follow up two years later than those in the comparison group. Teachers rated CODIP children as having better overall school adjustment; greater improvements in their ability to follow rules; and greater improvements in their ability to get along with their peers.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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