For Better Or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 1, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 307 pages
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Debunking Popular Wisdom on the devastating psychological and social effects of divorce, eminent psychologist Mavis Hetherington presents a more nuanced picture. This landmark study gathers nearly three decades of research involving 1,400 families and explores divorce not as a moment but as a life process.

Hetherington identifies the kinds of marriages, or "pathways, " that predispose a couple to divorce or not, and she also pinpoints "windows of change" that allow some to fashion the challenges of divorce into an opportunity. She shows how women and girls experience divorce differently from men and boys; why single-mother -- son relationships and stepfather -- daughter relationships are the most difficu

  

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Review: For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

User Review  - Christian Overbey - Goodreads

This is not a feel good book or a how to book. It is a clinical book and I was skeptical it would help me with practical advice. I was wrong. I found a number of good tips embedded in the results. It ... Read full review

Review: For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

This needs to be renamed "For Better or for Worse: Middle Class White Heterosexual Divorce Reconsidered." Read full review

Contents

A New Story About Divorce
1
THE EXPERIENCE OF DIVORCE CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN THE FIRST SIX YEARS
17
The His and Her Marriage the His and Her Divorce
19
Leaving and Letting Go Changes and New Chances in the First Two Years After Divorce
43
The Balance of Happiness Why People Succeed or Fail After Divorce
67
Six Ways to Leave a Marriage The Pathways Men and Women Take Out of Divorce
94
Incompetent Bullies and Undisciplined Disciplinarians Children and Parents in the First Two Years After Divorce
110
What Helps and What Hurts Childrens Adjustment Six Years After Divorce
124
Building a Stepfamily
181
Welcome to Peer World Why Teens from Divorced and Remarried Families Leave Home Earlier and Get into Trouble More Often
203
IN THE HOME STRETCH ADULTS AND CHILDREN TWENTY YEARS LATER
225
Mostly Happy Children of Divorce as Young Adults
227
Win Lose and Draw Adults Twenty Years Later
254
Lessons Learned in Fortyfive Years of Studying Families
275
The Three Studies
281
Selected References
289

REMARRIAGE AND STEPFAMILY LIFE ADULTS AND CHILDREN AT ELEVEN YEARS AFTER DIVORCE
161
Repartnering High Hopes and Crossed Fingers
163

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Is a professor emeritus, department of Psychology, University of Virginia.

Kelly is the co-author of numerous books on relationships.

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