For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

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by E. Mavis Hetherington, John Kelly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393324133

ISBN-13: 9780393324136

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"A reader-friendly guide to how people can build success out of the stress and adversity of divorce."—Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, London
Mavis Hetherington, "without doubt the world's preeminent researcher on the family processes that surround divorce,...has distilled the wisdom growing out of her many studies of the short-term and long-term

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"A reader-friendly guide to how people can build success out of the stress and adversity of divorce."—Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, London
Mavis Hetherington, "without doubt the world's preeminent researcher on the family processes that surround divorce,...has distilled the wisdom growing out of her many studies of the short-term and long-term impact of divorce on family members" (Eleanor Maccoby, Stanford University). Offering "a welcome corrective to misleading and simplistic accounts," Hetherington "not only provides scientifically sound and wonderfully sensible guidance but dispels the myth that divorce is always negative" (Ross D. Parke, University of California, Riverside). This "widely-heralded study" (Time) is a "reader-friendly guide to how people can build success out of the stress and adversity of divorce" (Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, London), presenting a more nuanced picture of marital breakup—not as a momentary event but as a life process. Hetherington identifies the kinds of marriages that predispose a couple to divorce or not and also pinpoints "windows of change" that allow some to fashion the challenges of divorce into an opportunity for themselves and for their children. "Gold standard [research] aimed at clearing up confusion among moms and dads worried about divorce."—USA Today "Sure to become a classic in the field!"—Constance R. Ahrons, author of The Good Divorce "Without doubt the world's preeminent researcher on the family processes that surround divorce."—Eleanor Maccoby, Stanford University "A welcome corrective to misleading and simplistic accounts...dispels the myth that divorce is always negative."—Ross D. Parke, University of California, Riverside

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324136
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
566,860
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1A New Story About Divorce1
Part 1The Experience of Divorce: Children and Adults in the First Six Years
2The His and Her Marriage; the His and Her Divorce19
3Leaving and Letting Go: Changes and New Chances in the First Two Years After Divorce43
4The Balance of Happiness: Why People Succeed or Fail After Divorce67
5Six Ways to Leave a Marriage: The Pathways Men and Women Take Out of Divorce94
6Incompetent Bullies and Undisciplined Disciplinarians: Children and Parents in the First Two Years After Divorce110
7What Helps and What Hurts: Children's Adjustment Six Years After Divorce124
Part 2Remarriage and Stepfamily Life: Adults and Children at Eleven Years After Divorce
8Repartnering: High Hopes and Crossed Fingers163
9Building a Stepfamily181
10Welcome to Peer World: Why Teens from Divorced and Remarried Families Leave Home Earlier and Get into Trouble More Often203
Part 3In the Home Stretch: Adults and Children Twenty Years Later
11Mostly Happy: Children of Divorce as Young Adults227
12Win, Lose, and Draw: Adults Twenty Years Later254
13Lessons Learned in Forty-five Years of Studying Families275
AppendixThe Three Studies281
Selected References289
Index293

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For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book as someone considering divorce and read it cover to cover. I found myself intrigued by the study itself and the data over the many years of the study. I would recommend this book to any one who is considering a seperation or divorce.