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Beyond the Average Divorce

Beyond the Average Divorce

April 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Beyond the Average Divorce is a core text that introduces students and scholars to the research literature on divorce and changes which occurs in family structures. Rather than a simplistic, static view that emphasizes means and averages in looking at 'typical' family reactions to divorce, this text emphasizes variability, fluidity, and change over time in the predivorce, divorce, and postdivorce process. The book also presents a dynamic theoretical model of divorce and how it is experienced and reacted to by family members in the complex variety of family situations.
Ch 1. Introduction: Variations in and Fluidity of Divorce Experiences and Outcomes
Ch 2. Conceptualizing Divorce Variation and Fluidity
Ch 3. Research Methods for Stuyding Variation and Fluidity in Divorce
Ch 4. Divorce and Family Transitions in Societal Context
Ch 5. Variations in Predivorce Family Environments and Trajectories
Ch 6. Variations in Separation and Uncoupling
Ch 7. Variation and Fluidity in Adult Adjustment to Divorce
Ch 8. Variation and Fluidity in Children's Adjustment to Divorce
Ch 9. Adult and Child Experiences of Multiple Family Structure Transitions
Ch 10. Implications and Conclusions

This is a great book but did not have activities for students to do. I could possibly use this for a class where theory was more the focus. Well written and informative. Highly recommended but not so if you are looking more for a combination of approaches to teaching material in one text.

Professor Sharon James
Humanities Div, Cincinnati State Technology / Community College
January 10, 2011

David H. Demo

David H. Demo is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on divorce and family transitions, changes in family relationships accompanying divorce, and the consequences of family transitions for family members’ well-being. He has published widely in professional journals and he has authored or co-authored numerous chapters in edited volumes. He has also authored or edited several books, including Handbook of family diversity (with Katherine R. Allen and Mark A. Fine); Parents and adolescents in changing... More About Author

Mark Allan Fine

Mark Fine is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He was Editor of Family Relations from 1993-1996 and was Editor of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships from 1999-2004. His research interests lie in the areas of family transitions, such as divorce and remarriage; early intervention program evaluation; social cognition, and relationship stability. He was co-editor, along with David Demo and Katherine Allen, of the Handbook of family diversity, published in 2000 by Oxford University Press. He co-authored, along with John Harvey, Children of divorce:... More About Author

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