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For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered Paperback – February 17, 2003
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A welcome corrective to misleading and simplistic accounts...dispels the myth that divorce is always negative. -- Ross D. Parke, University of California, Riverside
Gold standard [research] aimed at clearing up confusion among moms and dads worried about divorce. -- USA Today
Sure to become a classic in the field! -- Constance R. Ahrons, author of The Good Divorce
Without doubt the world's preeminent researcher on the family processes that surround divorce. -- Eleanor Maccoby, Stanford University
Top Customer Reviews
After all the political fighting about divorce, here is a book with no agenda, except the truth. Indispensible.
- Nick Kasoff
WGNU Radio - St. Louis
It's very intereseting when the author talks about the "protection factors" and "risk factors" that can help you or not to be succesful after divorce.
Also talks very clearly about the case, often presented, when a person just change of husband or wife, but keep making the same mistakes than the previous marriage.
Describe the process and different ways that can follow the children after divorce, and what it helps.
This book changed completely my view of divorce, and certainly gives hope to the people who is involved in it. If you are passing thru this, this book will be an incredible help to understand it, and to have a happy ending.
The book details the many factors which can influence an individual: a support system, educational opportunities, individual attitudes, assistance resources, authoritative parenting, permissive parenting, school districts- and more. In the end, Ms. Hetherington was able to segment the individuals according to how far they'd come and how satisfied they were with their lives. She wrote about the different paths people took, the effects of new partners and the ultimate outcome of the children (really, it wasn't too bad :) ). And through it all, she kept it interesting by telling data-supporting stories about her subjects.
I'd suggest this piece for anyone facing a divorce and concerned about the possible negative effects- it's full of great insights. But... like I said, it's rooted in fact-finding. There is no emotional hand-holding-through-a-difficult-time component. Therefore, for someone facing a divorce and wrestling with surging emotional currents... it might be a little tough to plod through.
Tara Eisenhard, author of The D-Word: Divorce Through a Child's Eyes
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Sorry - I bought the item but then had a career change where I no longer needed to go this route.Published on January 7, 2014 by WSetliff
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