Teachers and School Childrens Stereotypic Perception of The Child of Divorce Academic Article uri icon


  • The main purpose of the present study was to investigate how teachers and schoolmates judgments of a childs academic, emotional, and social functioning are influenced by the knowledge that his or her parents are divorced. One hundred four teachers and 120 seventh- and eighth-grade students were shown the same film of a child engaging in a variety of activities. The target child was introduced as either a boy or a girl and as living either with both parents or with a divorced mother. The results showed a more negative evaluation of the child of divorced parents by both teachers and students on all three judgment dimensions. The results also showed meaningful patterns of selective and inferential memory of the facts, which varied according to the subjects beliefs as to the marital status of the target childs parents.

published proceedings

  • American Educational Research Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Guttmann, J., Geva, N., & Gefen, S.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Guttmann, Joseph||Geva, Nehemia||Gefen, Shelly

publication date

  • January 1988