Program Evaluation and Wider Demographic Study of the Denver Area Non-profit Parenting After Divorce

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Laura Meyer

Second Advisor

Alec Baker

Third Advisor

Laurie Ivey


Co-parenting, Coparenting, Divorce, Conflict, Program evaluation


Children are increasingly raised by parents who are divorced, separated, or never married. Parents often require support and skills on how best to co-parent in these situations. The Denver non-profit organization, Parenting After Divorce, offers court-mandated and voluntary classes that provide psychoeducational and skills-based information about co-parenting. Parenting After Divorce bases its curriculum on current research and literature from psychology, child development, family systems, and family law. The researcher set out first to obtain broad information about student demographics, and second to gain insight on how factors including marriage history, income, and conflict interact with student’s reported class satisfaction, as well as how these factors may change over time. The results of this study suggest that participants reporting higher conflict with their co-parent reported higher satisfaction with the Parenting After Divorce class. Marriage history and income do not appear to be significant factors in class satisfaction. The data suggest that higher income co-parents may experience lower levels of conflict than lower income co-parents. Factors including conflict and class satisfaction did not significantly change over the four-week follow-up period.

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