This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.

Chapter 1: Postdivorce Family Life for Children: An Overview of Research and Some Implications for Policy

Postdivorce Family Life for Children: An Overview of Research and Some Implications for Policy

Postdivorce family life for children: An overview of research and some implications for policy
Robert E.Emery

This chapter offers an overview of research on postdivorce family life and some implications for policy with an emphasis on children's well-being. In the present context, children's well-being is defined broadly to include not only indices of children's “adjustment” (e.g., mental health, educational attainment), but also measures of children's more subtle psychological distress (e.g., doubts about parental love) as well as of their family relationships and economic standing. Therefore, this chapter includes some evidence on the circumstances of mothers and fathers following divorce, but the presentation is limited to those aspects of mothers' and fathers' individual adjustment, ...

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