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Children of Divorce : Stories of Loss and Growth (Paperback)

Author: Harvey, John H.

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"Two distinguished researchers collaborate on this exciting, timely, relevant and humane project so the result is excellent. This book lives up to all expectations, with the authors' hallmark blend of technical expertise and accessible writing."-Steve Duck, University of Iowa, USA

"Reflecting the voices of young adults and researchers this book provides balance at many levels. it captures well the variable impact of parental divorce from diverse perspectives. Engaging and lively, it is a must read for anyone interested in the topic."-Frank Fincham, The Florida State University, USA

"Once again, Harvey and Fine remind us that divorce is a pivotal event, a dichotomy in a life. Yet divorce is also on a continuum from 'devastating' to 'civil and compassionate.' Therein lies both the pain - and the hope."-Susan Hendrick, Texas Tech University, USA

"The focus on college students' narratives is unique and it quickly grabs the (readers') students can easily relate to them. Relevant and important literature is included and guides the understanding of the stories...The inclusion of 'comments' following each narrative helps to solidify the concepts portrayed and...connect content across appropriate supplemental text...for courses in family crisis and stress, divorce and stepfamily life, adolescent development, young adulthood, and parenting."-Karen Blaisure, Western Michigan University, USA

Featuring excerpts of essays collected from over one thousand young adults while in the throes of divorce, this book paints a picture of the pain and the hope shown by the storytellers. By framing the narratives with an analysis of the most recent divorce literature, the authors provide readers with a greater and more vivid understanding of the effects of divorce.

Challenging the contention that most children will be irretrievably hurt by their parents' divorce, some stories clearly demonstrate the strength and resilience many have learned in dealing with a divorce in the family. Emphasis is placed on how hope about the possibilities of having close relationships?as well as a willingness to create stronger families in their own lives?represent abiding motivations in this sample of young people. The authors hope that the use of the raw input of respondents will make the experiences more realistic and ultimately help people deal with major loss events in their lives.

Highlights of the new edition include:

A new chapter (7) that demonstrates the messiness of divorce (infidelity, dysfunctional interactions, multiple marriages/relationships, and the financial expense), the fading stigma of divorce, the latest divorce rates, the increased average age of first time marriages, and the recent hook-up phenomenon wherein young people are showing a reluctance to commitment.

Updated throughout with the most current demographic data, new findings from the top researchers in the field, and the latest intervention programs.

A review of the Divorce Variability and Fluidity Model (DVFM) that helps predict variability in adjusting to divorce.

More suggestions to help children adapt to divorce, including material on parenting education classes and mediation as a method for easing the process.

A list of readings and suggested websites for further review.

More tables and graphs to summarize key concepts.

An ideal supplement for courses on divorce, family studies, close relationships, and loss and trauma taught in human development and family studies, and clinical, counseling, and social psychology, as well as communication, social work, and sociology, these engaging stories also appeal to practitioners and those interested in the effects of divorce in general.


Publisher Routledge Academic
Mfg Part# 9780415872584
SKU 211824978
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415872588
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0177
Publisher Routledge

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