Anger affecting children during a divorce

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Anger affecting children during a divorce

There are many predictors of how children do post-divorce and post-separation. Parents who have continued arguing, hostility, and anger towards one another is a predictor of poor outcome on the part of the children. So it's terribly important that the children are protected from that anger. We usually tell parents, if you're angry, have a private call with that parent, but don't do it front of the child. Conversely, what we do want is for the parent to model an attitude of acceptance, not put the child in the middle in any situations, and allow the child to have a positive and healthy relationship with both parents.

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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