We're Still Family

We're Still Family

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by Constance Ahrons
     
 

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What is the real legacy of divorce? To answer this question, Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., interviewed one hundred and seventy-three grown children whose divorcing parents she had interviewed twenty years earlier for her landmark study, the basis of which was the highly acclaimed book The Good Divorce. What she has learned is both heartening and

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What is the real legacy of divorce? To answer this question, Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., interviewed one hundred and seventy-three grown children whose divorcing parents she had interviewed twenty years earlier for her landmark study, the basis of which was the highly acclaimed book The Good Divorce. What she has learned is both heartening and significant.

Challenging the stereotype that children of divorce are emotionally troubled, drug abusing, academically challenged, and otherwise failing, Dr. Ahrons reveals that most children can and do adapt, and that many even thrive in the face of family change. Although divorce is never easy for any family, she shows that it does not have to destroy children's lives or lead to a family breakdown. With the insight of these grown children and the advice of this gifted family therapist, divorcing parents will find helpful road maps identifying both the benefits and the harms to which postdivorce children are exposed and, ultimately, what they can do to maintain family bonds.

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Editorial Reviews

Vicki Lansky
“Here is the REAL story of divorce for today’s rearranged families.”
Lois Braverman
“With clarity and compassion, Dr. Ahrons presents solid research that gives us answers to the questions plaguing families and clinicians!”
Richard A. Warshak
“An astounding accomplishment! Filled with insights and advice....If you want the best for your children, read this book.”
Stephanie Coontz
“Engaging, eminently readable...an important piece of social history that will be consulted by scholars for many years to come.”
Steven Mintz
“Ahrons, one of this country’s foremost authorities, offers sound advice about how divorcing couples can promote their children’s well-being.”
Mary Catherine Bateson
“With her long-term unbiased research, Ahrons shows that children can grow up secure and loved by both parents.”
Evan Imber-Black
“Required reading for those contemplating or recently or long-divorced; adult children; clergy, mental health practitioners, teachers and policy-makers.”
Warren Farrell
”Insightful, wise and honest, this longitudinal study is an important addition to our understanding the family after divorce.”
Harriet Lerner
“The voices of grown children are compelling,! Filled with practical advice for helping two household families tap into unanticipated strengths.
Pauline Boss
“Without the usual stereotypes or biases, Ahrons documents the complexities of divorced families...and tells what works and what doesn’t.”
Isolina Ricci
“This book should be required reading for all divorcing and divorced parents and the professionals who work with them.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“A more nuanced picture of divorce, one that defies sound-bite conclusions.... Constance Ahrons is generous, wise and pragmatic.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060931209
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
748,742
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are saying about this

Steven Mintz
“Ahrons, one of this country’s foremost authorities, offers sound advice about how divorcing couples can promote their children’s well-being.”
Isolina Ricci
“This book should be required reading for all divorcing and divorced parents and the professionals who work with them.”
Evan Imber-Black
“Required reading for those contemplating or recently or long-divorced; adult children; clergy, mental health practitioners, teachers and policy-makers.”
Richard A. Warshak
“An astounding accomplishment! Filled with insights and advice....If you want the best for your children, read this book.”
Pauline Boss
“Without the usual stereotypes or biases, Ahrons documents the complexities of divorced families...and tells what works and what doesn’t.”
Vicki Lansky
“Here is the REAL story of divorce for today’s rearranged families.”
Mary Catherine Bateson
“With her long-term unbiased research, Ahrons shows that children can grow up secure and loved by both parents.”
Lois Braverman
“With clarity and compassion, Dr. Ahrons presents solid research that gives us answers to the questions plaguing families and clinicians!”
Warren Farrell
”Insightful, wise and honest, this longitudinal study is an important addition to our understanding the family after divorce.”
Stephanie Coontz
“Engaging, eminently readable...an important piece of social history that will be consulted by scholars for many years to come.”
Harriet Lerner
“The voices of grown children are compelling,! Filled with practical advice for helping two household families tap into unanticipated strengths.

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