This completely updated second edition presents an integrated, multidisciplinary account of children's experiences of divorce from historical, cultural and demographic perspectives. The author highlights children's resilience, but is sensitive to children's pain throughout the divorce process and afterwards. In addition he reviews the psychological, social, economic and legal consequences of divorce, and examines how children's risk is predicted by parental conflict, relationships with both parents, financial strain, custody disputes, and other factors. The author uses his family systems model to integrate research findings into a theoretical whole and to evaluate psychological interventions with divorcing and divorced families.

Children's Adjustment in Divorced and Married Families

Children's adjustment in divorced and married families

This chapter compares psychological problems found among children from divorced and married families. This is an admittedly simplistic comparison, because divorce may or may not entail a number of changes in family relationships and resources. As reviewed in Chapter 5, children's psychological health is strongly associated with the nature and extent of family change. The normative approach in this chapter thus obscures important individual differences. Still, generalizations about averages provide a useful snapshot for policy and other purposes. Some interventions, such as psychotherapy, are appropriately concerned with individual families, but broad social policies are necessarily designed for the “typical” family. For such purposes, global conclusions about divorce provide useful information “at the ...

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