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.

Research Methods for Studying Variation and Fluidity in Divorce

Research methods for studying variation and fluidity in divorce

Our goal in this chapter is to provide an overview of research methods that are particularly suited to studying variability and fluidity in experiences, reactions, and adjustment to the process of divorce. We do not provide an exhaustive review of all research methods that might be appropriate for the study of divorce because there are numerous research methods textbooks and even some books focused on divorce (e.g., Emery, 1999) that provide such an overview. Rather, we tailor our discussion of methods to issues that are especially salient for our focus on variability and fluidity.

We begin this chapter by discussing the characteristics, advantages, and limitations of research methods that ...

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