Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Garth D. Thompson
Ivan T. Blazen
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.
Divorce therapy, Divorce--Seventh-day Adventists
White, David Harnden, "Development of the Participant's Manual for a Divorce Recovery Seminar" (1986). Professional Dissertations DMin. 245.
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