Family Transformation through Divorce and Remarriage: A Systemic Approach

Family Transformation through Divorce and Remarriage: A Systemic Approach

Family Transformation through Divorce and Remarriage: A Systemic Approach

Family Transformation through Divorce and Remarriage: A Systemic Approach

Synopsis

Family Transformation Through Divorce and Remarriage is the first book to look thoroughly at the complete divorce-remarriage-stepfamily cycle in the context of demographic data, the legal process and the theoretical framework. For each phase of the cycle, the author describes the stages of development, summarises the relevant research and illustrates the effects on family members with case examples.

Excerpt

There can be few people with as distinguished a professional pedigree as Margaret Robinson. She was Psychiatric Social Worker and Tutor at the Tavistock Clinic in the great days when Henry Dicks was in charge of its Marital Unit, undertaking the research on couples therapy which led to his seminal book 'Marital Tensions'; and when John Bowlby was heading the Department of Children and Parents, developing the ideas for his books on attachment theory. She also worked during this time in what is now known as the Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies.

Though Margaret and I have since become close friends, I can recall a certain sense of awe that I felt towards her, with her august Tavistock connections, when she enrolled in the mid-1960s for the Introductory Course in Group Work I had designed, on behalf of the Group Analytic Society, for members of the Association of Psychiatric Social Workers. The course was later opened to all the mental health professions and became part of the programme of the Institute of Group Analysis. She then took further training in group analysis, and has been influential in carrying its approach to the understanding of systems into the field of family and marital therapy.

Our next meeting was at the first Day-Conference on Family Therapy in 1967, which took place at the Woodberry Down Child Guidance Unit where I was then Director. This was the first coming together of professionals experimenting with the new techniques of family therapy in London, where she represented the Tavistock Clinic and the work being done there.

In the years that followed, our professional contact and personal friendship grew as we met at the increasing number of conferences on family and marital therapy. Margaret was a natural choice when I invited colleagues to join me in staffing the first Introductory Course in Family Therapy, set up in 1973, within the Institute of Group . . .

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