Divorce in Psychosocial Perspective: Theory and Research

Divorce in Psychosocial Perspective: Theory and Research

Divorce in Psychosocial Perspective: Theory and Research

Divorce in Psychosocial Perspective: Theory and Research

Synopsis

Many books deal with divorce and its aftermath -- some deal with the impact of divorce on children and families, others with the legal or sociological aspects of divorce, and a few focus on divorced mothers and fathers. Most of these books are characterized by their practical orientation toward the issues and problems posed by divorce. None of these, however, have attempted to offer an integrated view of the massive amount of theoretical and research literature on divorced adults and their children. In addition, none present a comprehensive view of divorce as a psychological process within its larger social context.

Filling that void, this book:

• offers a comprehensive view of divorce as a social, interpersonal and psychological phenomenon,

• reviews the theory and research on divorce focusing on the major protagonists of the divorce drama: the mother, the father and the children, and

• introduces a social-psychological theory of divorce process.

Excerpt

There are many books that deal with divorce and its aftermath. Some deal with the single-parent family in general, others focus more specifically on the impact of divorce on children and mothers, and still others examine the legal and/or sociological aspects of divorce. The recent renaissance of interest in fatherhood has also triggered some publications that examine the father's role in the divorce drama. Many books on divorce are characterized by their practical orientation toward the issues and problems posed by divorce.

None, however, has attempted to offer an integrated view of the massive theoretical and research literature about divorced adults and their children. And none has presented a comprehensive analysis of divorce as a psychoxlogical process within the larger social context. This book intends to fill that void. The purpose of the present volume is threefold: (a) to offer a comprehensive view of divorce as a social, interpersonal, and psychological phenomenon; (b) to review the theory and research about divorce in that literature focuses on the major protagonists of the divorce drama: the mother, the father, and the children; and (c) to introduce a new psychosocial theory of the divorce process.

This book is intended primarily for people whose interest in the subject of divorce is academic and/or clinical. In academia, it may serve students of family dynamics, divorce, and family therapy. Researchers may find this volume useful as it presents a broad framework from which research questions may be deduced and in light of which research results can be explained. In the clinical field, the book may serve psychiatrists, psychol-

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