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Product Details

  • Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (August 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465083455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465083459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on the Children of Divorce Project, the landmark study of how children, adolescents and their parents cope during the first five years after a family dissolution, Surviving the Breakup revolutionized the way society thought about divorce. Among other things, its findings showed how the adjustment of the child depends more on what happens after the divorce than on conditions in the predivorce family, that the father-child relationship does not diminish in importance regardless of how infrequent their contact becomes and that the child's anger and yearnings can last for an extraordinarily long time.

Written by undisputed authorities on the subject, this work started the debate about divorce and the family, a subject that has since become one of the most important issues in today's political arena. It is a text that all Americans concerned with family values should read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Judith S. Wallerstein, an internationally renowned expert on marriage and divorce, is principal investigator of the Children of Divorce Project. She is the founder of the Center for the Family in Transition, in Corte Madera, California, and the author of the bestselling Second Chances, a follow-up study of the same families in this book ten years after divorce. Her most recent book is The Good Marriage.Joan B. Kelly, co-principal director of the Children of Divorce Project from its inception until 1980, is known internationally for her research, articles, and presentations in the divorce, custody, and mediation areas. She is a past president of the Academy of Family Mediators and is executive director of the Northern California Mediation Center in Corte Madera, California. Judith S. Wallerstein, an internationally renowned expert on marriage and divorce, is principal investigator of the Children of Divorce Project. She is the founder of the Center for the Family in Transition, in Corte Madera, California, and the author of the bestselling Second Chances, a follow-up study of the same families in this book ten years after divorce. Her most recent book is The Good Marriage.Joan B. Kelly, co-principal director of the Children of Divorce Project from its inception until 1980, is known internationally for her research, articles, and presentations in the divorce, custody, and mediation areas. She is a past president of the Academy of Family Mediators and is executive director of the Northern California Mediation Center in Corte Madera, California.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Zalusky Berg on January 4, 2007
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As a divorce lawyer I find this book to be critically important in helping my clients understand the impact thier behavior can have on thier children
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rabidreader on July 22, 2012
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This is a very interesting study of the effects of divorce on children and parents on a five year timescale, conducted and described in a detailed and careful manner (also interesting are the ten and 25 year follow ups).

However, I would recommend getting the hardcopy, as the Kindle version suffers from several issues which make reading distracting. Font face is irregular (some words come out more bold or oddly faded looking) and there are errors in punctuation - the font face issues are visible both on the kindle and the computer reader.

In addition, the justification of the text combined with the default font size on the Kindle makes the text very badly spaced, with lots of white space in the lines. I had to go down a font size to read it smoothly, and was grateful that my reading vision hasn't started to decay with age yet. If you need reading glasses, be prepared to read on your computer.
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This book has aged well. While the landscape of divorce has much changed in 25 years, the challenges have not (see Joshua Ehrlich's new book which accentuates more graphically the effects of divorce on children). My deepest criticism of the book is its rather incautious view of the effects of divorce on young children, with the strong implication that the age of children makes little difference. While it is very difficult to research such a phenomenon adequately, it seems quite doubtful that younger children would not carry the effects of divorce-related trauma in deeper and more persistent ways than older children. Nevertheless this is a rich contribution to a complex social psychological phenomenon that can confuse and overwhelm.
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