Program Evaluation and Wider Demographic Study of the Denver Area Non-profit Parenting After Divorce
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Laura Meyer, Ph.D.
Alec Baker, Psy.D.
Laurie Ivey, Psy.D.
Co-parenting, Coparenting, Divorce, Conflict, Program evaluation
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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.
Bautista-Biddle, Martha M., "Program Evaluation and Wider Demographic Study of the Denver Area Non-profit Parenting After Divorce" (2022). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 435.