Marriage, Divorce, and Children's Adjustment

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SAGE, 10.02.1999 - 164 Seiten
"Robert Emery casts a keen eye on the tangle of findings and opinions regarding children's adaptation to divorce and presents a thoughtful, balanced discussion of what science can tell us about complex social phenomenon." --Contemporary Psychology This is an authoritative, research-based book on children and divorce. Completely updated with the most recent findings from psychology, sociology, economics, and the law, this second edition presents an integrated, multidisciplinary account of children's experience of divorce, including historical, cultural, and detailed demographic perspectives. The author highlights children's resilience, yet is sensitive to children's pain throughout the divorce process and beyond. Robert E. Emery examines how children's risk or resilience is predicted by interparental conflict, relationships with both parents, financial strain, legal/physical custody, 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. Emery concludes with an incisive discussion of divorce law and policy, including a review of trends for the next decade of legal reform. First Edition was the recipient of Choice Magazine's 1989 Outstanding Academic Book Award.
 

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Inhalt

Chapter 1 Overview
1
Some Family Transitions in Divorce
2
An Overview of This Book
4
Chapter 2 Some Cultural Historical and Demographic Perspectives
5
The Changing Family
6
A Brief History of Marital Dissolution in the United States
11
Demographics of Divorce in the United States Today
13
Family Living Circumstances of Children in the United States Today
16
Nonresidential Parents
74
Joint Physical Custody
79
Economic Factors
81
Remarriage
85
Parental Mental Health Siblings and Ethnicity
86
Summary
89
Approaches and Research
91
Grief and Identity Conflict
93

Childrens Postdivorce Living Arrangements
17
Summary
20
Chapter 3 Methodological and Conceptual Issues
21
Measurement
25
Interpreting Correlations Between Marital and Child Problems
26
Temporal Influences on Childrens Divorce Adjustment
28
Summary
30
Chapter 4 Childrens Adjustment in Divorced and Married Families
33
Stress Risk Resilience and Pain
34
Externalizing Problems
40
Internalizing Problems
43
Academic Competence
45
Social Competence
47
Intergenerational Issues in Intimacy Marriage and Divorce
48
Emotional Health During Adult Life
50
Summary
52
Chapter 5 Family Processes and Childrens Divorce Adjustment
55
Interparental Conflict
61
Separation From an Attachment Figure
65
Prevalence of Problems
67
Residential Parents
69
Boundaries in ParentChild Relationships
94
The Coparenting Relationship
95
The ParentChildParent Triad
96
Treatment Outcome Research on Divorce
97
Family Interventions
98
SchoolBased Groups for Children
100
Summary
102
Laws Policies and New Directions
103
The Regulation of Divorce
104
Divorce Settlements
107
Property Division Alimony and Child Support
108
Legal and Physical Custody
116
The Settlement of Divorce Disputes
123
Divorce Mediation
125
Unarticulated Values
128
Summary of Suggestions for Law and Policy
129
References
133
Index
153
About the Author
164
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Robert E. Emery, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Emery maintains a practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator.

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