Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade after Divorce

Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade after Divorce

by Judith S. Wallerstein, Sandra Blakeslee
     
 

Second Chances, based on Judith Wallerstein's groundbreaking study of sixty families, has radically transformed the ways in which we think about divorce. A national bestseller, it is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of the long-term emotional, economic, and psychological effects of divorce - on adults and, most especially, on children. For anyone who… See more details below

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Second Chances, based on Judith Wallerstein's groundbreaking study of sixty families, has radically transformed the ways in which we think about divorce. A national bestseller, it is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of the long-term emotional, economic, and psychological effects of divorce - on adults and, most especially, on children. For anyone who is contemplating divorce, going through a divorce, or living in its aftermath, the candid and urgent stories gathered here are at once instructive and reassuring. With a new introduction that revisits some of the children in Second Chances who are now parents themselves, this eloquent and deeply moving classic belongs in every family's library.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
A beautiful piece of writing, full of insights that will prove indispensable to people contemplating divorce.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This study of 60 white, middle-class families that were tracked since 1971 is the largest such research project ever undertaken. PW called it ``a constructive, deeply moving report that offers a unique psychological roadmap of the long-term aftereffects of marital collapse.'' (Mar.)
Library Journal
Having worked extensively with families in the midst of divorce, psychoanalyst Wallerstein is uniquely qualified to deal with the impact of divorce on the contemporary family. Basing her book on an authoritative and well-documented study of these families that she conducted over a ten-year period, she focuses on the heavy toll divorce takes on the children of divorcing families. She does an excellent job of giving the reader an inside look at the child's perspective on the loss of the intact family unit, though her title does promise a more positive outcome than she finally delivers. In fact, very few success stories are presented here--and that is the book's greatest weakness. Recommended for public, academic, and research libraries.-- Kim Banks, Columbia Univ. Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899199498
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/09/1990
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.23(h) x 1.06(d)

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