Second Chances: Men, Women and Children a Decade After Divorce Paperback – Jun 12 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
This study of 60 white, middle-class families that were tracked since 1971 is the largest such research project ever undertaken. PW called it "a constructive, deeply moving report that offers a unique psychological roadmap of the long-term aftereffects of marital collapse."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Having worked extensively with families in the midst of divorce, psychoanalyst Wallerstein is uniquely qualified to deal with the impact of divorce on the contemporary family. Basing her book on an authoritative and well-documented study of these families that she conducted over a ten-year period, she focuses on the heavy toll divorce takes on the children of divorcing families. She does an excellent job of giving the reader an inside look at the child's perspective on the loss of the intact family unit, though her title does promise a more positive outcome than she finally delivers. In fact, very few success stories are presented here--and that is the book's greatest weakness. Recommended for public, academic, and research libraries.
- Kim Banks, Columbia Univ. Libs.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Reading this book, I rode the emotional roller coaster between hope and despair, anger and compassion, guilt and indignation.
Anyone who truly loves their children needs to read this book and contemplate the possible impact of divorce on THEIR lives before severing a marriage bond--for too long we've dined on rationalizations fed to us by friends, therapists, attorneys, and the media that parents who are unfulfilled in their marriages actually help their kids by divorcing.
This book leaves enough room for readers to draw their own conclusions as it relates to their circumstances, but at the same time, it certainly debunks some of the myths!!!
I would certainly recommend this book as "preventive maintenance" for any marriage--sadly, I didn't find it soon enough to save my own.
The research that founded this book has influenced the way that government systems deal with divorcing families across America. It is one of the best resources I can think of for families that are going through divorce. Though the title states a decade after divorce the follow up has gone well beyond this. I have been divorced for 15 years - today I am purchasing a copy for my sister who is getting divorced after 18 years of marraige - This is one of those books that I have loned out and lost and loned out and lost repeatedly - they keep getting passed forward. Well worth the little investment of money and time.
Most recent customer reviews
It wasn't until recently (I'm almost 40) that I began to look at my parent's divorce as a source of some of my behaviors. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003
Every person who has experienced divorce as a child should read this book. I found myself, my parents, and my siblings on every page, and I cried on most pages. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org Paula Masso Carnes
This was a fabulous book to read as I struggle as a grown up child of divorce. Lots of feelings validated. Help to feel normalPublished on Jan. 15 1999