Beyond the Average Divorce provides marriage and family scholars and students a rich depiction of how children and adults of all ages respond to diverse divorce experiences. Rather than emphasizing means and averages in looking at “typical” family reactions to divorce, authors David H. Demo and Mark A. Fine emphasize variability and change over time in the pre-divorce, divorce, and post-divorce process. The book's three parts explore theoretical and methodological tools for studying divorce, the divorce process and its multiple pathways, and future directions in research.

Key Features

  • Includes cutting-edge research on how children are affected by multiple transitions in family structure and parenting arrangements during the divorce process
  • Covers the most common causes of divorce and how the family environment deteriorates during the years leading up to divorce
  • Provides easy-to-understand descriptions and examples of how specific research methods can be used to study divorce
  • Offers a dynamic theoretical model of divorce and how it is experienced by family members in a wide variety of family situations
  • Discusses policy implications as well as directions for future theoretical, research, and clinical work in this vital area

Beyond the Average Divorce is intended as a core textbook for use in upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in Family Stress and Divorce, Dysfunctional Families, Sociology of the Family, and Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling.

Implications and Conclusions

Implications and conclusions

Previous chapters have provided an aerial view of the landscape of divorce. Our dynamic theoretical model, the Divorce Variation and Fluidity Model (DVFM) introduced in Chapter 2, presented our conceptualization of how an array of variables affects three different aspects of the divorce experience: average-mean level of adjustment, variability in adjustment, and fluidity in adjustment over time. Chapter 3 described quantitative and qualitative methods that have been used and that could be used to test our theoretical model (as well as other models) and to extend the rich knowledge base on divorce and its aftermath. Using the theoretical and methodological background provided in the first 3 chapters, Chapters 4 through 9 provided a focused and tailored review of a number ...

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