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The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

Abridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 12/15/2007

The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

A 25-Year Landmark Study

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A landmark cultural event that changes the way all of us view divorce.

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Product Description

More than a quarter century ago, Judith Wallerstein began talking to a group of 131 children whose parents were all going through a divorce. From those conversations have come two bestsellers: Surviving the Breakup and Second Chances. This third volume of the longitudinal study, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, brings all of her research up to the present and shows for the first time how children are affected by divorce long into adulthood. Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront—whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce.


“Twenty-five years ago, when the impact of divorce on children was not well understood, Wallerstein began what has now become the largest study on the subject, and this audiobook, which McIntire reads with compassion and warmth, presents the psychologist's startling findings. . . . An important contribution to our understanding of what is a central social problem.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Written by two clinician/researchers and a science reporter, this is a highly understandable narrative on how children are affected by divorce.

Author Bio

JUDITH S. WALLERSTEIN is widely considered the world's foremost authority on the effects of divorce on children. The founder of the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition, she is a senior lecturer emerita at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author, with Sandra Blakeslee, of the national bestsellers The Good Marriage, Second Chances, and The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, and with Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly of Surviving the Breakup.