Monday, September 16, 2019

Pre-Adolescence (11-12 years)

Developmental Task
To gain a sense of control over and comfort with their peer relationships.

Characteristics of this Stage
Child achieves the development of true abstract thinking. For the first time, child is able to think about hypothetical ideas in a truly adult-like fashion. Child can now understand the real reasons for the divorce, and can understand what a variety of time-sharing schedules would look like, without needing to directly experience them. Child can fully participate in developing realistic time-sharing schedule.

Signs of Stress
Development of intense loyalty conflicts. Acting prematurely adolescent, which retards true maturation. Depression and anxiety. School problems.

Child Needs
Flexibility of time-sharing schedule so that child can develop peer relationships and outside activities (sports, socials, etc.) away from both parents.