The promotion of wellness in children and families challenges and opportunities

Am Psychol. 2001 Nov;56(11):993-1004. doi: 10.1037/0003-066x.56.11.993.


This article considers the effects of marital disruption on children and families, using a risk and resilience perspective. The challenges that parental divorce poses for children are widely recognized; however, less attention has been given to strategies for promoting children's resilience and healthy developmental trajectories. The purpose of this article is to redress that imbalance by highlighting the importance of understanding pathways toward risk and resilience in children in the aftermath of divorce and the ways in which this research can be integrated into effective, evidence-based preventive interventions and proactive social policies that foster supportive parent-child relationships and psychological wellness in children and families.

Publication types

  • Address

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Advocacy / psychology
  • Divorce / psychology*
  • Family Relations*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control