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.

Family Processes and Children's Divorce Adjustment

Family processes and children's divorce adjustment

Chapter 4 described the average adjustment of children from divorced families, but this chapter focuses on variation from the mean. Children have diverse responses to divorce, even though most successfully adapt to their new family circumstances. Several aspects of the divorce transition create special challenges for children and increase the risk for psychological problems. This chapter reviews key family changes in divorce and how they relate to children's adjustment, specifically:

  • changes across time and development, including predivorce functioning, children's age at separation, the passage of time, and children's current age;
  • children's involvement in interparental conflict before, during, and after divorce;
  • the process of separation from an attachment figure;
  • alternative primary custody arrangements and the quality of residential parenting;
  • nonresidential ...
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