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Overview

Acclaim for Painful Partings . . .

"A rare triple threat book—for professionals, students, and laypersons. Sensitive—wise—comprehensive, Schwartz and Kaslow's work represents a maturing of a realistic stance toward divorce." —William C. Nichols, EdD, ABPP Atlanta, Georgia

"This articulate, compassionate, and informed book is essential reading for all therapists who work with divorced or divorcing families. Scholarly, yet readable, its developmental framework gives coherence to an often confusing area of practice." —Augustus Y. Napier, PhD Director, The Family Workshop, Atlanta, Georgia

"[Painful Partings] masters both the legal and mental health issues of divorce." —Judge Joseph L. Steinberg Superior Court, State of Connecticut, Regional Family Trial Docket

"Obtaining a legal divorce may seem fairly straightforward. Emotional divorce, on the other hand, is a much more complicated process. In this book, the reader is taken step by painful step into the process of helping couples become emotionally divorced." —Luciano L'Abate, PhDProfessor Emeritus, Georgia State University

"This book achieves a remarkable result in explaining sophisticated family-system concepts . . . into practical clinical suggestions." —Barry Bricklin, PhD Wayne, Pennsylvania.

"This book is a must for professionals, but is also important for those who are contemplating or in the process of divorcing." —Hon. Walter M. Schackman, JSC Supreme Court of the State of New York

"Must reading for clinicians and professionals working with and teaching about divorce and for those going through the process." —Clifford J. Sager, MD Director of Marital and Family Services, Payne Whitney Clinic

"The journey [toward divorce] seems analogous to a prolonged roller coaster ride—at the beginning, climbing up and out is laborious and slow, followed by brief periods of respite and relief at the apex, and then a rapid descent into what may seem like a bottomless pit of pain and despair. As the months pass by, the ride becomes less turbulent as the highs and lows become less extreme, and ultimately, the travelers alight from the tempestuous ride, and establish a stable postdivorce existence." —from the Preface

For those who have made the difficult decision to end their marriage, emotional divorce can be as difficult to achieve as legal divorce. This timely and compassionate book shows couples, their families, and their therapists how best to navigate the bumpy terrain of the road to divorce.

In their 1987 classic, The Dynamics of Divorce, family-systems experts Lita Linzer Schwartz and Florence W. Kaslow offered a provocative analysis of how life-cycle stages impact the decision to divorce, and how divorce affects individual development. In this groundbreaking new volume, the authors look at changing life-cycle trends in divorce and explore a host of new economic, cultural, and social issues confronting a highly mobile generation of divorced spouses and parents.

The book covers emerging alternatives to litigation—like mediation, and looks at sensitive legal matters, such as physical and emotional abuse and child custody. It also examines timely issues like fathers' rights, mid-life divorce, and what happens when one partner exits a marriage in order to lead a homosexual lifestyle.

Painful Partings shows marriage and family therapists how to help clients marshal their energies toward constructive closure, rather than destructive resolution. For example, there is a full chapter on the religious aspects of divorce, including conducting a Ritual of Release—a departure ceremony paralleling the original marriage. Essential reading for therapists who work with divorced and divorcing families, the book is also a compassionate guide for spouses and parents negotiating the painful process of divorce.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

William C. Nichols
A rare triple threat book—for professionals, students, and laypersons. Sensitive—wise—comprehensive, Schwartz and Kaslow's work represents a maturing of a realistic stance toward divorce.
Augustus Y. Napier
This articulate, compassionate, and informed book is essential reading for all therapists who work with divorced or divorcing families. Scholarly, yet readable, its developmental framework gives coherence to an often confusing area of practice.
Joseph L. Steinberg
[Painful Partings] masters both the legal and mental health issues of divorce.
Luciano L'Abate
Obtaining a legal divorce may seem fairly straightforward. Emotional divorce, on the other hand, is a much more complicated process. In this book, the reader is taken step by painful step into the process of helping couples become emotionally divorced.
Barry Bricklin
This book achieves a remarkable result in explaining sophisticated family-system concepts . . . into practical clinical suggestions.
Walter M. Schackman
This book is a must for professionals, but is also important for those who are contemplating or in the process of divorcing.
Clifford J. Sager
Must reading for clinicians and professionals working with and teaching about divorce and for those going through the process.
Booknews
A detailed overview of divorce for family therapists, covering causes of divorce, the divorce process, emotional transitions, legal aspects, and spiritual and religious factors. After an introduction to the family systems framework and life-cycle perspective, coverage includes stages of the separation and divorce process, therapeutic interventions, economic issues in divorce, child custody, effects of divorce on children, and healing. Appendices offer legal documents, guidelines for child custody evaluations, and forms related to religious divorce proceedings. Case examples include bicultural couples and homosexual lifestyles. For graduate students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

Meet the Author

LITA LINZER SCHWARTZ, PhD, ABPP, is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Pennsylvania State University. She has authored or coauthored 14 previous books, including Mid-Life Divorce Counseling and Alternatives to Infertility.

FLORENCE W. KASLOW, PhD, ABPP, is Director of the Florida Couples and Family Institute. She is past president of the Family Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Family Therapy Association, former editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, and author or editor of 15 previous books, and over 140 articles and book chapters.

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Table of Contents

WHAT PRECEDES THE PARTING?

A Family Systems Framework and Life-Cycle Perspective.

STAGES AND PHASES OF THE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE PROCESS.

Separation and Divorce: An Overview.

Individual Differences and Their Impact on Resolution.

Therapeutic Issues and Interventions During the Divorce Process.

The Legal Aspects of Divorce.

The Economic Issues in Divorce.

Parenting and Child Custody Issues.

Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Divorce.

CONSEQUENCES OF DIVORCE: THE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DIVORCE.

An Overview of the Aftermath.

Effects of Divorce on the Children.

Getting on with Life.

THE PSYCHIC DIVORCE: HEALING AND CLOSURE.

Toward Integration and Wholeness.

Appendices.

References.

Indexes.

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