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ISBN-13: 978-0300125931 ISBN-10: 0300125933 Edition: 1st
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"Four stars for this book. Clarke-Stewart and Brentano do not duck controversial issues, instead offering a balanced treatment of them, with their own carefully-thought-out conclusions. This book will be valuable indeed for parents who are contemplating or undergoing divorce. It is also a much-needed sourcebook for all the professionals who seek to help divorcing families."—Eleanor E. Maccoby, Professor of Psychology (Em.), Stanford University


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"This book is the most judicious and impressive review of the literature on marital dissolution that has been written in the past decade. It should be required reading for policy makers, researchers, and anyone who wants to get beyond the glib and the simple to a more complex understanding of the topic of divorce."—Frank F. Furstenberg, professor of sociology, University of Pennsylvania


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“This comprehensive review of the research on divorce is both well written and exceptionally well researched. Thoroughly covering both adults’ and children’s reactions to divorce, as well as legal and psychological issues, this book makes a unique contribution to the field."—Sharlene Wolchik, professor of psychology, Arizona State University
 


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"Clinicians who wish to . . . gain a better understanding of how divorce evolves will find this book thought-provoking and a good foundation for future reading."—Geoffrey L. Grief, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
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About the Author

Alison Clarke-Stewart is professor of psychology and social behavior, University of California–Irvine. Cornelia Brentano is assistant professor of psychology, Chapman University, Orange, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Current Perspectives in Psychology
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300125933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300125931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Colaburger on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all, you'll notice that most of these reviews were written in December of 2006. Our professor, Cornelia Brentano, one of the authors of this book, used this book for her class in the winter quarter at The University of California, Irvine. We were given extra credit if we wrote a review on Amazon, printed it out, and turned it in for extra credit. We got as much extra credit for turning in a review as we did for writing a 5 page extra credit paper. So of course, many of us chose to write a review.

As for the book itself, it's below average for a text book. I found it a bit boring and repetitive at times. I can't really say I learned much, and it felt like they were just stating the obvious.

Also, I don't think many of the facts or statistics that were given were true. They did not include citations when there should have been citations. Also, this book makes too many generalizations and stupid lists (like those business books for dummies).

The book is written from a very Western viewpoint, and lacks cultural sensitivity. An update to this book would need to expand on the history of marriage and divorce to include other cultures and nationalities. Apparently, history begins with the Greeks and ends in the U.S.

It's been a while since I took the class and read this book, but I hope you found this helpful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anon. on May 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Is it just me, or do almost all of these reviews sound somewhat alike? And the vast majority are from California. They also sound somewhat superficial, so it's hard to tell what the book is really like. Is it good as a psychology volume, or a self-help book? Confusing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mendoza on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Prior to reading the literature found in this text I was unaware of so many risk factors and characteristics commonly associated with "at-risk" marital companions. Not to say that the book steers readers away from the idea of marriage, rather it highlights facts that everyone in a serious relationship should take into account upon entering a lifelong commitment. I feel that I have personally benefited from the material in this book and believe that anyone in a relationship or in a marriage needs to purchase this book. Understanding the evolutionary process of divorce, statistical facts regarding the subject and ways to avoid the dissolution of a marriage are key facts that can alter one's life and I feel that I am at an advantege after having read this text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Conner on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading Divorce: Causes and Consequences, you will gain new insight into divorce and learn how many of the myths and stereotypes we have about divorce are misleading. With current research and past backgrounds of divorce, the book swiftly moves from the history to the future of divorce in a compelling and easy to understand book. The book focuses on all aspects of divorce including legal proceedings, child support and even step families and remarriage. Anyone planning to get married or even going through a divorce should own a copy. I have recently passed this book to my friend who just got engaged. A great companion to this book is Divorce Lessons, by the same authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pearle Min on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book does an amazing job going through the entire process of divorce from start to finish. The book begins with the history of divorce and ends with the future of divorce. I can honestly say that I have learned so much just by reading this book. Clarke-Stewart and Brentano cover every aspect of divorce in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand. Their knowledge concerning risk factors and effects of divorce is very insightful. The authors do not give brief statements on the many topics of divorce, rather, they go in depth and include many different studies to support their conclusions. After reading this book, it really opened my eyes to what millions of adults and children have to endure because of divorce. It has also made me reevaluate what I want in a marriage and in my future partner. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hui on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever though about getting married at any point in their life. Although there is a plethora of information, the book itself is an easy read. Clarke-Stewart and Brentano present the topics in an organized and readily understood manner. This book provides useful knowledge pertaining to the causes and consequences of divorce. Even more helpful, are the suggestions provided for prevention and coping. As a college student, I would easily ignore this book on the shelves at a bookstore since I have no plans on getting married soon, let alone divorce. But, this book helps you question certain aspects in your life when dealing with relationships and learning more about yourself. Overall, this book provides great insight on the topic of divorce and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dipika M. Patel on December 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is good for those that may either be pursuing a relationship or even in one at the moment. This book was very well thought out and put together and the structure allowed me to go through the book easier than I had expected. This book allows you to gain a new insight into all aspects of divorce. It also covers background history on the development of divorce, issues regarding children and custody, the remarriage process and so much more. I found it to be a very effective educational resource for divorce and relationships itself and it made me realize how many factors can play into having an effective relationship. Anyone that has gone through a divorce or may currently be going through a divorce may find it useful to read in that it provides a lot of resources and advice as to how the process should be done.
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