Social Pedagogical Support for Younger School-Age Children Who Have Experienced Parental Divorce: Insights From Social Pedagogues

Authors

  • Rasa Braslauskienė Klaipėda University, Lithuania
  • Gitana Tolutienė Klaipėda University, Lithuania
  • Reda Jacynė Klaipėda University, Lithuania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15823/p.2023.150.11

Keywords:

divorce, younger school age child, social pedagogical assistance

Abstract

The article presents the point of view of social pedagogues about the possibilities of social pedagogical assistance for children of younger school age who have experienced parental divorce, and provides insights into the development of assistance opportunities. A qualitative study (semistructured interview) was conducted with the participation of social pedagogues who work in a general education school and have experience working with children of younger school age who have experienced parental divorce. The content analysis of the research data highlighted the following essential findings: based on the point of view of social pedagogues, the following options for social pedagogical assistance are distinguished: individual counseling of children, extracurricular clubs, organized group activities, child monitoring, games, cooperation with other specialists, psychologist consultations, creation of a safe environment. To enhance the quality of social pedagogical assistance for children coping with parental divorce, social pedagogues emphasize the importance of collaborating with the child’s family, fostering positive relationships with the child, incorporating educational sessions during class meetings, closely monitoring the child’s well-being, educating parents, and ensuring a sufficient number of specialist positions. Instead of social pedagogues, in order to provide better quality social pedagogical assistance to children who have experienced parental divorce, offer to cooperate with the child’s family, to create a positive relationship with the child, to educate children during class meetings, to monitor children’s condition, to educate parents, to ensure a sufficient number of specialist positions.

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Published

2023-09-18

How to Cite

Braslauskienė, R., Tolutienė, G., & Jacynė, R. (2023). Social Pedagogical Support for Younger School-Age Children Who Have Experienced Parental Divorce: Insights From Social Pedagogues. Pedagogika / Pedagogy, 150(2), 212–232. https://doi.org/10.15823/p.2023.150.11