- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: American Bar Association (June 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897076281
- ISBN-13: 978-0897076289
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children Held Hostage Paperback – June 3, 2003
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About the Author
Dr. Stanley S. Clawar is an Associate Professor at Rosemont College, an Adjunctive Staff Member of Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry (Fort Washington, PA), and Director of Walden Counseling and Therapy Center in Bryn Mawr, PA. He is a Certified Clinical Sociologist, Sex Therapist, Sex Educator, Family Mediator, and Hypnotherapist.
Dr. Clawar is the author of dozens of popular and scholarly articles that have appeared in numerous journals. His most recent book is You and Your Clients, published by the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.
Dr. Clawar has been the recipient of many awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Award for College Teachers. He has served as Scholar-in-Residence for the United Jewish Appeal. He has appeared regularly on radio and television shows and gives lectures throughout the U.S. He has served as an educational and clinical consultant to hospitals and state agencies and has served as consultant to various industries. Dr. Clawar has served as an evaluator, witness, therapist, mediator, friend of the court, and consultant on approximately 1,000 cases involving domestic relations issues.
Brynne Valerie Rivlin is a licensed clinical social worker practicing individual, child, and family therapy at Walden Counseling and Therapy Center in Bryn Mawr, PA. She has worked extensively over the past ten years within the areas of separation, divorce, single parenting, reconciliation, and remarriage. Additionally, she has consulted on and performed over 1,000 custody evaluations and has provided testimony both in and out of state. She has been a Senior Family Conciliator for the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
Ms. Rivlin has presented research for bar associations and professional organizations at seminars and workshops across the country on a variety of topics. She has appeared frequently on television talk shows, discussing various topics concerning the family, and has also authored popular and professional articles and tapes. Ms. Rivlin often provides book reviews for the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
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Lawyer books are absurdly expensive by long and hallowed tradition, and this is undoubtedly a book for lawyers (and others involved in the court system as a function of their job-roles). The first clue should be the publisher: the American Bar Association.
The ABA is as respectable a publisher of legal-practice treatises as Guilford Press is of the kind of book Red Carnation might have been hoping for. This is an inherently anecdote-based study of a self-selecting sample that has to be heavily anonymized, because of the issues of confidentiality, legal privilege, etc. But, contrary to what one might infer from Red Carnation's review, it makes good use of the peer-reviewed literature (the references are footnoted, and the works-cited section can be found on pp. 475 - 507). As a study about what people bring before their lawyers, the courts, social workers, mental-health professionals and others whose work intersects with the family courts; and what those lawyers, courts, social workers, mental-health professionals, and others might infer is going on behind the scenes when they're trying to figure out what to ask; this study is first rate.
Per the disclaimer in the first edition's (1991) colophon: "Information in this text is based upon actual cases. Names, places, and other identifying information, however, have been modified to prevent exact identification. Some scenarios are a blend of cases with similar characteristics. Some of the more extreme cases are already a part of a public record.
"Any cases involving brainwashing or programming of children should be treated carefully on an individual basis. The cases described in this book should not necessarily be used as models."
And yes, in terms of its etiology, the problem dealt with in this book issues forth from complex family-system dynamics (I assume Red Carnation and I are both talking about the set of ideas about interactional patterns and family dynamics that came from the cybernetics milieu -- e.g., Gregory Bateson, Paul Watzlawick, Don Jackson, Jay Haley, Mara Selvini Palazzoli, Salvador Minuchin, and their intellectual descendants and fellow travelers). There are acknowledgements of that perspective in the text. See, e.g., pp. 308 - 09 of the 2d edition.
But this book is about a behavior which courts have increasingly decided represents a bright line that should not be crossed, in the same way physical domestic violence has come to be just about universally regarded. It doesn't matter so much what led a parent to think the behavior was reasonable as it does whodunnit, and how -- and how to show it in a way a judge might buy. That is what matters in the tragic zero-sum game of family court. And, considered in terms of the needs of the people who work in that sausage factory, this book should be considered indispensable.
Your mileage may vary.