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Not since William Goode's Women in Divorce in the 1950's have we had such a comprehensive study of adjustment to divorce. This longitudinal work views divorce as a transition process which may have positive or negative outcomes over time. In addition to statistical analysis, the book includes very interesting case studies to demonstrate the dynamic events occurring as individuals refashion their lives after the breakup of their marriages. Researchers on divorce and the interested public will find this book very valuable for years to come."
—Colleen L. Johnson, Ph.D.Professor
Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco

We are witnessing a steady increase in the overall number of older adults who are divorced, yet the majority of divorce research has concerned itself with persons in the younger adult years. This unique, groundbreaking book addresses the critical need for information on the impact of divorce on individuals in all age groups, and pays special attention to age as a factor in the effects of divorce on both men and women.

Written by an interdisciplinary team of social and behavioral scientists, Divorce: Crisis, Challenge or Relief? provides the invaluable results gained from their life span study of divorced adults. Divorce is the product of hundreds of interviews containing a host of very specific questions conducted with divorced adults between the ages of 20 and 79, both just after their divorce and again several years later.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. I: STRESS AND ADAPTATION
  2. p. 11
  1. 2 Childhood Stress and Adaptation to Divorce: A Shaping Condition
  2. pp. 13-37
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  1. 3 Divorce Stress and Adaptation
  2. pp. 38-73
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  1. 4 Coping Strategies in Divorce
  2. pp. 74-94
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  1. II: PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSITIONS
  2. p. 95
  1. 5 Passage through Divorce: A Transitions Perspective
  2. pp. 97-124
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  1. 6 Passage through Divorce: Timing Issues
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. III: VIEWS OF THE SELF AND OTHERS
  2. p. 149
  1. 7 The Self-Concept of Divorcing Persons
  2. pp. 151-173
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  1. 8 Views of the Other: Issues of Self-image and Identification
  2. pp. 174-192
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  1. IV: CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
  2. p. 193
  1. 9 Social Supports in the Context of Divorce
  2. pp. 195-223
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  1. 10 Who Leaves Whom: The Importance of Control
  2. pp. 224-247
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  1. 11 Minority Issues in the Study of Divorce
  2. pp. 248-279
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  1. 12 Risk Factors in Divorce: A Life Course Perspective
  2. pp. 280-292
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  1. References
  2. pp. 293-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-319
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814723647
Print ISBN
9780814772164
MARC Record
OCLC
835518591
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
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