The Postdivorce Family: Children, Parenting, and Society / Edition 1

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This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.
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While a divorce ends a marriage, it does not end the family growing out of that marriage. This book consists of eight articles from experts in various disciplines, focusing on the impact of divorce on children. Children's adjustment problems are discussed both in terms of general patterns, and individual differences. Parents' post-divorce responsibilities, such as custody issues, child support orders, and nonresidential parenting, are also covered. An additional section concerns the effects of the high divorce rate on family structure and, by extension, various social problems. Paper edition (unseen) $26.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761914907
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/31/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Amato (Ph.D., 1983, Social Psychology, James Cook University, Australia) is the Arnold and Bette Hoffman Professor of Family Sociology and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching interests include marital quality, causes and consequences of divorce, parent-child relationships over the life course, and psychological distress and well-being. He is a four-time winner of the National Council on Family Relations Reuben Hill Award for best published article, and has won many other awards and distinctions, such as the 2008 NCFR Ernest Burgess Award for outstanding scholarly and career achievement, the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociology of the Family, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award. He conducted research in India under a Fulbright Fellowship, and is the author of 129 journal articles and book chapters on marriage and divorce and such books as Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing (Harvard University Press, 2007), The Postdivorce Family (SAGE 1999), and A Generation at Risk: Growing Up in an Era of Family Upheaval (Harvard University Press, 1997). In addition, he has served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family and as an Editorial Board member for eight journals on sociology, family, and personal relationships.
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Table of Contents

The Postdivorce Family - Ross A Thompson and Paul R Amato
An Introduction to the Issues
Postdivorce Family Life for Children - Robert E Emery
An Overview of Research and Some Implications for Policy
Causes and Consequences of Divorce - Alan Booth
Reflections on Recent Research
The Custody of Children of Divorcing Families - Eleanor E Maccoby
Weighing the Alternatives
Improving the Law Relating to Postdivorce Arrangements for Children - Katharine T Bartlett
Noncustodial Fathers and Their Impact on the Children of Divorce - Michael E Lamb
Compliance with Child Support Orders in Paternity and Divorce Cases - Daniel R Meyer
The Postdivorce Society - Paul R Amato shaping the Family and Other Forms of Social Organization
Values, Policy and Research on Divorce - Ross A Thompson and Jennifer M Wyatt
Seeking Fairness for Children
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