SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Al-Zamil, A. F., Hejjazi, H. M., AlShargawi, N. I., Al-Meshaal, M. A., & Soliman, H. H. (2016). The effects of divorce on Saudi girls’ interpersonal adjustment. International Social Work, 59(2), 177–191. doi:10.1177/0020872813508571


Learning Objective: 1, 3, 4, & 5

Summary: Abstract: Considering the increase in divorce in Saudi Arabia, 99 girls, ages 12–16, were randomly selected in the city of Riyadh, SA, to measure the impact of parental divorce on their social and educational adjustment. Multivariate analysis was used to test a model of three independent variables ‘behavior, self-relation, and stress’, which explained 45 percent of the variation in the dependent variable ‘adjustment’. Findings indicate that Saudi girls’ adjustment to divorce was influenced by the Saudi society cultural traditions and expectations. Implications for social work practice in school settings have been drawn based on the available intervention models with children of divorce.

Questions to Consider:

1. The resiliency perspective states that adjustment to divorce will take place through a series of ______ that affect the relationship between the families and children. Cognitive Domain: Comprehension

  1. negotiations
  2. dialogues
  3. transactions
  4. relations

2. The authors posit that “One critical aspect of adjustment to divorce in the Saudi culture is the quality of family support that a girl receives.” Provide some examples found in the article and discuss why this is so. Cognitive Domain: Analysis

3. Adjusting to divorce is pretty much the same cross-culturally and is equally challenging for boys or girls. Cognitive Domain: Knowledge



Article 2: Ng, P., Ho, W., Tsun, A., & Young, D. K. (2016). Coping with bereavement of widows in the Chinese cultural context of Hong Kong. International Social Work, 59(1), 115–128. doi:10.1177/0020872813509395


Learning Objective: 1, 2, 4, & 5

Summary: Abstract: Although Hong Kong has developed into a Westernized city, many widows still feel the strong pull of cultural demands in coping with the loss of their husbands. The purpose of this study was to explore how Chinese women in Hong Kong cope with bereavement and widowhood. Results reveal that the coping methods of the 26 participants are pragmatic and culturally dependent, and can be grouped into four categories, namely, remaining lonely and stigmatized, submitting to predestination and fate, seeking a transition from feeling aggrieved to active coping, and searching for new family relationships. The implications for social work practice are discussed.

Questions to Consider:

1. Emotion-focused coping emphasizes the management of distress by the bereaved, while problem-focused coping focuses on managing the ______. Cognitive Domain: Knowledge

  1. underlying problem
  2. coping strategy
  3. suppressed anger
  4. increased depression

2. Given the influence of Chinese cultural characteristics, the bereaved often turn ______ for strength to explain their desperate situation and to question all their previously existing beliefs, such as their faith in God or in the fairness of life and fate. Cognitive Domain: Knowledge

  1. to family
  2. to friends
  3. outward
  4. inward

3. Explain what the article means by aggrievement. What is this, and how does it affect adjustment? Cognitive Domain: Analysis

Article 3: Roberson, P. N. E., Fish, J. N., Olmstead, S. B., & Fincham, F. D. (2015). College adjustment, relationship satisfaction, and conflict management: A cross-lag assessment of developmental “spillover.” Emerging Adulthood, 3(4), 244–254. doi:10.1177/2167696815570710


Learning Objective: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Summary: Abstract: Emerging adulthood is a period in the life course that consists of several developmental tasks, including occupational and relationship exploration. Consistent with the developmental tasks of this period, we tested a model of individual development. Using a sample of emerging adults in romantic relationships (N = 267), we examined the longitudinal association between conflict management and relationship satisfaction and subsequent college adjustment using two cross-lag path analyses. In the first path analyses, results indicated conflict management and social adjustment are mutually influential over time. In this second path analyses, conflict management is related to academic adjustment through relationship satisfaction. Implications for romantic relationship education for emerging adults and future research are discussed.

Questions to Consider:

1. How does this stage called emerging development differ in adjustment and coping than middle adulthood? Cognitive Domain: Analysis

2.Like conflict management, relationship satisfaction is associated with ______. Cognitive Domain: Comprehension

  1. successful adjustment
  2. individual development
  3. romantic attachment
  4. successful launching

3.Overall, it appears that there is a spillover between ______ and social adjustment. Cognitive Domain: Knowledge

  1. romantic development
  2. relationship characteristics
  3. family support
  4. occupational success