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“The change had begun in the ‘60s as the myth of the nuclear family exploded, and my generation was caught in the fallout. The women’s rights movement had opened workplace doors to our mothers – more than half of all American women were employed in the late ‘70s, compared with just 38% in 1960 – and that, in turn, made divorce a viable option for many wives who would have stayed in lousy marriages for economic reasons. Then in 1969, the year I entered kindergarten, Gov. Ronald Reagan signed California’s “no fault” divorce law, allowing couples to unilaterally end a marriage buy simply declaring “irreconcilable differences.”

Not since Henry VIII’s breakup with the pope has divorce received such a boost: by the time my friends and I entered our senior year at Ulysses S. Grant High School, divorce rates had soared to their highest level ever, with 5.3 per 1000 people getting divorced each year, more than double the rate in the 1950’s. Just as we were old enough to wed, experts were predicting that nearly one in two marriages would end in divorce.”

-- David J. Jefferson from “The Divorce Generation Grows Up,” cover story, Newsweek, April 21, 2008.

 

Helping Children Cope with Divorce. Revised Edition
-- Teyber, 2001, John C. Wiley & Sons

Well written by a professor of psychology and practicing family therapist, this book is short, well organized and to the point. It addresses both children’s developmental phases as well a number of situational issues facing parents. Each chapter ends with a suggested list for further reading, but there is no attempt to substantiate the author’s strongly held opinions about parenting.

 

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