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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Wallerstein Narrator: Kate McIntire Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Twenty-five years 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 best sellers: 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. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2014

    " Enlightening! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's parents divorced or is married to someone whose parents divorced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/30/2014

    " This is so scary becuase I see so much of it in myself and my brothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha G | 1/27/2014

    " The interviews read as laughingly contrived, but still a good choice for someone interested in the subject. Though it does seem sad that Wallerstein had to conduct a 25-year study and write a book to tell us what should be common sense: that the effects of divorce on children are life-long and that, with the exception of a small minority of cases, children are always worse off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 1/24/2014

    " This is a unique book in that it is a longitudinal study of children of divorce. While it is exhaustive, the author does a good job of condensing what must have been a lot of notes from numerous interviews. Careful editing made it very readable. I recommend it to her target audience, (children of divorce), and parents who are considering divorce. Those adults whose childhoods were marked by divorce will find a therapist who is sympathetic to their experiences and supportive of hopeful outcomes. Her conclusion: Suffering for families who go through divorce is inevitable, but there are ways to make the transition more humane. She also has very good recommendations for the courts, the mediators, and the professionals who work with families. I recommend that it be read in conjunction with Contemplating Divorce: the step by step guide on deciding whether to stay or go. Also, For Better or For Worse, revisiting divorce; and Helping Children cope with Divorce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/23/2014

    " This book blew me away. It was riveting and taught me a lot. Dr. Wallerstein does not really profess her opinion on divorce, she reports her findings of studying over 200 people from divorced families over 25 years. She clearly supports marriage but there is a good reason. She sees what divorce does to people. I learned a lot about myself and that many other people from divorced families are just like me. Unmarried into their 30s and 40s, struggling with the concepts of relationships in general, high anxiety about life, and so on. She also studies intact families that had very bad problems but stayed together and what that does to people. It is all very interesting. From the perspective of men and women. But no gay or queer people. I wish she would talk about that a bit. I am sure there were some gay people in the study. The book could have spoken to me a lot more if that were the case. She is based in Berkeley, CA. A pretty liberal place with many gay families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 O. Thurmond | 1/20/2014

    " Not good literature, you understand, but one of the only empirical works on the effects of divorce, especially on children. The evidence reveals things quite contrary to many popular beliefs. It was painful stuff to read, but necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 12/26/2013

    " strong evidence that divorce screws up kids of all ages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 12/20/2013

    " only 3 b/c really, who wants to read a depressing book? But, it's informative, true to life, and eye-opening to the societal drift regarding the importance of the meaning of marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Jack Blankenship | 12/12/2013

    " Very insightful for those of us who have gone through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/29/2013

    " This is a good book for adult children whose parents have divorced. It sort of gives hope for the next generation while explaining that divorce may just be inevitable for some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 4/1/2013

    " As a child of divorce, I was curious to read this book based on a 25-year study of the effects of divorce on children and families. I enjoy reading books like this and really enjoyed the topic that I could completely relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/1/2012

    " Ugh. Important, eye-opening read, but hard to get through it all. Some of the stories are pretty disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 10/24/2012

    " I didn't realize until reading this book why I feel the way I feel about certain things. This book is very helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton Chase | 2/13/2012

    " A pioneering 25 year study on divorce. A must read for anyone close to this horrific choice when children are involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samara | 11/13/2011

    " This book is a revelation--helping me better understand & forgive my parents & myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/15/2010

    " Really interesting. A 25 year study of children of divorce, with some suprising results. It's good for every parent to read, I learned from it, and my kids are grown. Very compassionate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 11/9/2010

    " Enlightening! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who's parents divorced or is married to someone whose parents divorced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/10/2010

    " Ugh. Important, eye-opening read, but hard to get through it all. Some of the stories are pretty disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alysa | 6/16/2010

    " Excellent analysis of the impact of divorce on children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 O. | 1/13/2010

    " Not good literature, you understand, but one of the only empirical works on the effects of divorce, especially on children. The evidence reveals things quite contrary to many popular beliefs. It was painful stuff to read, but necessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 11/30/2009

    "
    Every therapist must read this book.

    A 25 year study; Wallerstein follows young children for 25 years and updates every 5-7 years. It is fascinating to read actual accounts of the effects of divorce or 'dysfunctional' familial histories.


    Read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 10/11/2009

    " only 3 b/c really, who wants to read a depressing book? But, it's informative, true to life, and eye-opening to the societal drift regarding the importance of the meaning of marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 8/14/2009

    " Offers insights into unanticipated effects of divorce on children and their relationships, illuminated by a 25-year longitudinal study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 8/12/2009

    " Every sociocultural book I read mentions this important book, so I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 6/17/2009

    " For children of divorce, divorced/ing parents, step-parents, teachers, counselors, partners of children of divorce.... basically mandatory reading. many a-ha moments. a truly important book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/17/2009

    " Many insightful and credible case studies. Gives tremendous information for those who know of, have a relationship with, or are afffected by divorce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/13/2008

    " This is a good book for adult children whose parents have divorced. It sort of gives hope for the next generation while explaining that divorce may just be inevitable for some. "

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