Project Documents

Date of Award

1986

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Garth D. Thompson

Second Advisor

Ivan T. Blazen

Third Advisor

Selma Chaij

Abstract

Problem. Ministers receive little, if any, training in ministering to the emotional and spiritual needs of church members and community people who experience divorce. No seminar manual on divorce recovery is recommended by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to aid a local pastor in assisting those experiencing the trauma of divorce.

Method. A manual was developed and designed for a ten-week Divorce Recovery Seminar. It was then used with an experimental group who participated in a seminar. The Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale was used as a test instrument and administered to a composite group consisting of participants from previous seminars and to the experimental group. The Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale was administered at the beginning of the ten-week, session, and measured the overall adjustment of the participants to the divorce process.

Results. Post-test scores of the Fisher Divorce Adjustment Scale showed significant growth of the participants in the divorce adjustment process. Participant growth is attributed to their participation in the structured ten-week seminar, manual, homework assignments, leaming about the divorce process, and interaction with other members of the group.

Conclusions. The divorce recovery manual, in conjunction with the ten-week seminar, is beneficial to those experiencing the trauma of divorce. It helps them to grow emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially in the divorce adjustment process.

Subject Area

Divorce therapy, Divorce--Seventh-day Adventists

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