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The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: The 25 Year Landmark Study Paperback – Bargain Price, September 19, 2001
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Both encouraging and thought-provoking, the final chapter questions how we maintain the freedom made possible by divorce while, at the same time, minimizing the damage. The authors' response to this question begins with pragmatic suggestions about strengthening marriage--not bland "family values" rhetoric but practical how-to ideas combined with national policy initiatives that have been making the rounds for years. With fascinating stories and statistics, Wasserstein, Lewis, and Blakeslee have illuminated the improvements within reach while our society experiences these massive changes in it's most fundamental relationships. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
My children have continued to experience divorce related issues as they have moved into adulthood. Maturity, relationships, marriage, and parenting have been catalysts for the emergence of feelings that were buried and denied. Judith Wallerstein's excellent book provides the context and structure for my adult children to explore and understand their "new" feelings (and behaviors) enabling them to move-on, happier and emotionally healthier.
My children, their spouses, and I have all read "Unexpected Legacy of Divorce." We have and will continue to use the book as a resource in our on-going effort to get closure. We have all come to understand that the feelings and behaviors that are surfacing are not unique but, rather, are quite "normal" for children of divorce. This has been of great comfort for them - allowing them to cleanse the shadows of divorce and move forward with greater confidence that they are not weird.
Wallerstein has conducted a longitudinal research study of divorce dating back to the late 1970's. "Unexpected Legacy" is the third and most recent book based on the study. In previous books, she has studied the effects of divorce, not only on children, as she has in this book, but also on the divorcing parents. All of the books are "must reads" for those who are considering divorce or have divorced.
Over the years, I have had a number of people confide in me that either they or their spouses were considering divorce.Read more ›
And the effects of divorce don't end there. In addition to losing the familial home, and (often) being forced to relocate, change schools, make new friends, etc (another traumatic event for children), the child is then often exposed to another series of transitions as one or both parents try out a rotating shuffle of new dating and/or live-in partners. If/when the parents settle on new marital partners, then the child faces yet another transition of trying to integrate the new adult/s (and possibly assorted children) into the new family. The complexity of this process increases logarithmically if stepchildren are involved.Read more ›
In addition to the compassionate voice of the authors, the real benefit of this book is the longevity of the studies undertaken. The passage of time in these children's lives and the lessons learned therefrom are a perfect counterweight to the impatient tendency of some parents who divorce to say "oh, the kids will adjust," and go right ahead doing what they think will satisfy themselves. In a tangential way, the book also opens for discussion the topic of who should be a parent, given the sacrifices and ability to put another above oneself that it almost always takes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone who is going or has gone through the process of divorce/separation NEEDS to read this book. Every child of a divorce NEEDS to read this book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Glenda Ehrmann
I'm just into the intro right now and will update this review later. First and foremost, the author is making an argument that divorce has had profound and negative long term... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Teddy L. Boulden
Well researched, very well written, had a hard time putting it down.
I'm in a 2nd marriage with stepchildren who suffered through a
bitter divorce and have a lot of... Read more
This was a book for class, but I found myself recommending it to so many other people. It's a super quick read and has a lot of good information for people looking for real-life... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wallerstein prescribes neither divorce nor staying together. (She knows it's not that simple.) Rather, she helps you understand the severe repercussions that divorce (or parental... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alex Larkin
Shedding light on an important topic. The author does a wonderful job on detailing how divorce impacts children.Published 12 months ago by Avid reader
Felt the book was a little wordy but saying that it was very insightful, wish I had known this when I was younger. I feel everyone from divorced families should read this.Published 13 months ago by Mary Jane Bolton