Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Ronald Zaffrann

Second Advisor

Carl G. Thom


In today's society many traditional social institutions such as marriage are undergoing great stress and change. One aspect of this unease is the steadily rising divorce rate. Like inflation, the U.S. divorce rate is soaring and has reached near epidemic proportions (Friggens, 1975). Each year some 1,000,000 American marriages end in divorce. That is nearly one in two marriages that end in divorce each year. This effects an estimated upward of one million children. Drake and Shellenberger (1981) stated that there are one and one-half million children under the age of 18 who are involved in marital dissolutions each year. Allers (1980) pointed out that nearly 25% of the children living in our country reside with one parent who is divorced or with a parent who has remarried after divorce. These statistics only begin to relect the devastating impact the marital disruption has on the children. It is the plight of these children that is of grave concern. Whether it manifests itself now or in the future, the result is the same; divorce has marred the tender lives and emotions of the children.