Beyond the Average Divorce

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David H. Demo & Mark A. Fine

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  • Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Tools for Studying the Divorce Process

    Part II: The Divorce Process and its Multiple Pathways

    Part III: Future Directions

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    Acknowledgments

    This book represents the culmination of 2 decades of research that we have conducted on families' experience of divorce. We thank all of the families that participated in our studies and in the other studies described throughout this book. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the people responsible for starting and steering this project: David Klein, who recommended this project to the editorial group at SAGE; Jim Brace-Thompson, who served as our editor and offered valuable encouragement and direction in the early phases of this project; Kassie Graves, who provided steady support and guidance through the review process and the completion of the final manuscript; and the reviewers who carefully read earlier drafts of chapters and prepared detailed comments and suggestions. We also extend enormous thanks to Steve Duck, whose expertise we sought for Chapter 6, and to Stephanie Rollie, who delivered an excellent chapter under a difficult set of circumstances. The book was also greatly facilitated by a research leave to the first author from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    Like our other projects, this has been a labor of love. The collaboration was inspired by a lifelong friendship, and in many ways, working together with a close friend has been the most enjoyable and fulfilling part of this experience. Along the way, notably when writing slowed and other responsibilities distracted us, numerous friends, colleagues, and loved ones provided timely advice, thoughtful and constructive suggestions, and generous support. For their love, patience, and humor along the way, we thank our children who lived with us during the writing of this book, Brian Demo, Julia Fine, and Kenyon and Keaton Olson Fine, and our partners, April Few and Loreen Olson.

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    About the Authors

    David H. Demo is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on divorce and family transitions, changes in family relationships accompanying divorce, and the consequences of family transitions for family members' well-being. He has published widely in professional journals, and he has authored or coauthored numerous chapters in edited volumes. He has also authored or edited several books, including, the Handbook of Family Diversity (with Katherine R. Allen and Mark A. Fine), Parents and Adolescents in Changing Families (with Anne Marie Ambert), and Family Diversity and Well-Being (with Alan C. Acock), which received the Choice Magazine Outstanding Book Award. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and in 2007, he began a term as the editor of Journal of Marriage and Family. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.

    Mark A. Fine is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri. He was the editor of Family Relations from 1993 to 1996 and was the editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships from 1999 to 2004. His research interests lie in the areas of family transitions, such as divorce and remarriage; early intervention program evaluation; social cognition; and relationship stability. He was coeditor, along with David Demo and Katherine Allen, of the Handbook of Family Diversity, published in 2000 by Oxford University Press. He coauthored, along with John Harvey, Children of Divorce: Stories of Hope and Loss, published in 2004 by Lawrence Erlbaum; coedited, with John Harvey, The Handbook of Divorce and Relationship Dissolution, published in 2005 by Lawrence Erlbaum; and coedited, with Jean Ispa and Kathy Thornburg, Keepin' On: The Everyday Struggles of Young Families in Poverty, published in 2006 by Brookes Publishing Company. He has published almost 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. In 2000, he was selected as a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Fine is a licensed psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice.


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