Beyond the Average Divorce

Beyond the Average Divorce

By: David H. Demo (author), Mark A. Fine (author)Paperback

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"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.

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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 families (with Anne Marie Ambert); and Family diversity and well-being (with Alan C. Acock), which received the Choice Magazine Outstanding Book Award. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and in 2007, he began a term as Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family. He is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. 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: Stories of hope and loss in 2004 by Erlbaum; co-edited, with John Harvey, The handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution in 2005 by Erlbaum; and co-edited, with Jean Ispa and Kathy Thornburg, Keepin' on: The everyday struggles of young families in poverty, published in 2006 by Brookes Publishing Company. He has published almost 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. In 2000, he was selected as a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Fine is a licensed psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice.


Ch 1. Introduction: Variations in and Fluidity of Divorce Experiences and Outcomes PART I: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR STUDYING THE DIVORCE PROCESS 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 PART II: THE DIVORCE PROCESS AND ITS MULTIPLE PATHWAYS 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 PART III: FUTURE DIRECTIONS Ch 10. Implications and Conclusions References

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/06/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781412926850
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9781412926850
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 1412926858

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