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Beyond the Average Divorce
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Beyond the Average Divorce



June 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.
 
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
 
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This is a great book but did not have activities for students to do. I could possibly use this for a class where theory was more the focus. Well written and informative. Highly recommended but not so if you are looking more for a combination of approaches to teaching material in one text.

Professor Sharon James
Humanities Div, Cincinnati State Technology / Community College
January 10, 2011

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