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.

Therapeutic Intervention: Approaches and Research

Therapeutic intervention: Approaches and research

Research on family changes in divorce is extensive and rich with practical implications. What is missing, however, is a conceptual model for integrating empirical findings. One goal of this chapter is to offer such an integration—specifically, the author's conceptualization of divorce as the renegotiation of family relationships, a model that has developed out of research, theory, and clinical experience (Emery, 1994). A second goal is to review research on therapeutic interventions in divorce. Unfortunately, few studies have been conducted on programs designed specifically for divorced families or family members. Even less research has been conducted on the success of established problem- and theory-focused treatments, despite the fact that both children and adults from divorced families are ...

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