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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Deborah Kipps-Vaughan

Tammy Gilligan

Michele Kielty


Divorce is considered an adverse childhood experience (ACE) and may lead to a number of negative outcomes for children involved. Research has demonstrated that these children may have higher amounts of internalizing difficulties, externalizing difficulties, as well as lower academic performance. The present study analyzes the current state of practice surrounding divorce groups for elementary aged children within a county of a Southeastern state. The researcher gathered data by providing an online, anonymous survey by attending department meetings for school counselors and school psychologists. The data revealed that several facets of how these groups are facilitated align with evidence-based practice; however, there are several components that have not met best practice including time of service delivery, engaging in progress monitoring, and utilizing programs specifically researched for children of divorce. Findings support the idea that there are several barriers that impede school-based mental health professionals, and advocacy for evidence-based practice among social-emotional interventions is warranted.



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