Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- Women and Divorce/Men and Divorce: Gender Differences in Separation, Divorce and Remarriage Edited by Sandra S. Volgy

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- Women and Divorce/Men and Divorce: Gender Differences in Separation, Divorce and Remarriage Edited by Sandra S. Volgy

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VOLGY, Sandra S., ed., WOMEN AND DIVORCE/MEN AND DIVORCE: Gender Differences in Separation, Divorce and Remarriage. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, Inc., 1991, 230 pp., $14.95 softcover.

This book was also published as a 1991 issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage (Volume 14, Numbers 3/4). The authors of the twelve articles are drawn from the fields of psychology, clinical psychology, child development, sociology and social work, and social administration. The articles were chosen to highlight the significance of gender in research on divorce and remarriage. The importance of gender has often been left implicit rather than made explicit.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section compares men and women. Articles deal with the expectations and orientations of partners in second marriages, with gender differences in adjustment to divorce, and with gender differences in college students' attitudes toward divorce.

The second section deals with men and divorce. There is an interesting article on men's pattern of having very negative views of their former wives, even several years after remarriage. Several possible explanations are discussed. Another interesting article deals with adjustment to stepfatherhood, and discusses the divergent conclusions of clinical and survey research. Clinical research supports the idea that the role is often problematic, while survey research does not. The other two articles in this section deal with the highly practical issue of how to encourage fathers to comply willingly with child support agreements.

The last section deals with women and divorce. The articles explore women's adjustment during the divorce process, economic consequences, and the relationship between effective child-rearing strategies and social support from family or from friends. …

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