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

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A ten-year study of sixty middle-class families served as the basis for this book. Twenty-five years after the original breakup, Wallerstein discovers unexpected changes in the children, now mostly adults.

This national best-seller provides the first comprehensive examination of the long-term emotional, economic, and psychological impact of divorce.

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Overview

A ten-year study of sixty middle-class families served as the basis for this book. Twenty-five years after the original breakup, Wallerstein discovers unexpected changes in the children, now mostly adults.

This national best-seller provides the first comprehensive examination of the long-term emotional, economic, and psychological impact of divorce.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899196480
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/19/1989
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Judith S. Wallerstein is the author, with the award-winning science writer Sandra Blakeslee, of the national bestsellers The Good Marriage; The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce; and, most recently, What About the Kids? One of the nation's leading experts on divorce, Wallerstein has appeared on Oprah,The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

Judith S. Wallerstein is the author, with the award-winning science writer Sandra Blakeslee, of the national bestsellers The Good Marriage; The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce; and, most recently, What About the Kids? One of the nation's leading experts on divorce, Wallerstein has appeared on Oprah,The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Nature of Divorce 3
2 Getting in Touch: Ten Years Later 21
3 Nicholas and Christina Moore 35
4 Denise Moore: Playing the Queen of Hearts 54
5 Sammy Moore: Boys Leaving Home 71
6 Ruth Moore: Daughters and Mothers 94
7 The Legacy of Violence 113
8 Betty and Dale Burrelle 129
9 Seve Burrelle: Longing and Loss 145
10 Tanya Burrelle: Lonely Girls 161
11 Kyle Burrelle: The Youngest Child 173
12 The Overburdened Child 184
13 Rosemary and Bob Catalano 207
14 Billy Catalano: Sons and Fathers 229
15 Kelly Catalano: Modern Love Triangles 241
16 Joint Custody: The Newest Family Form 256
17 The Psychological Tasks of Divorce 277
18 On the Brow of the Hill 295
Appendix: Method and Sample 309
Acknowledgments 317
Notes 319
Index 323
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