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Adolescents after Divorce by Christy M. Buchanan

By Christy M. Buchanan

When their mom and dad divorce, a few youngsters falter and others thrive. This e-book asks why. Is it the custody association? A parent's new companion? Conflicts or consistency among the 2 families? Adolescents after Divorce follows youngsters from 1,100 divorcing households to find what makes the adaptation. targeting a interval starting 4 years after the divorce, the authors have the articulate, frequently insightful aid in their topics in exploring the altered stipulations in their lives.

These little ones come from a variety of backgrounds. a few are functioning good. a few are faring poorly. The authors study the entire number of events within which those childrens locate themselves as soon as the preliminary disruption has passed--whether mom and dad remarry or repartner, how mom and dad relate to one another and to their childrens, and the way existence in houses is built-in. yes findings emerge--for example, we see that remarried new companions have been higher accredited than cohabiting new companions. And whilst mom and dad' relatives are amicable, teens in twin custody are much less most likely than different youth to adventure loyalty conflicts. The authors additionally think about the results of visitation preparations, the calls for made and the targets set inside every one domestic, and the emotional closeness of the residential guardian to the child.

A gold mine of data on a subject matter that touches such a lot of americans, this research should be an important for researchers, counselors, legal professionals, judges, and parents.

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By including indicators of earlier family functioning, in addition to information about the family's current status, we are able to gain insight into whether certain residential arrangements are associated with a more or less difficult history. 3. In Chapter 6, we examine the links between adolescent adjustment and multiple characteristics of the family or home, separately for each residential group. These analyses tell us which of the many indicators of family functioning-past or present-are most predictive of adolescents' adjustment four and a half years after their parents' divorce.

Most reported a variety of extracurricular activities that they enjoyed doing (such as sports, dancing, computer games, playing a musical instrument or singing, reading, collecting something), and very few presented a picture of aimless drifting in their use of out-of-school time. Most also reported having at least one close same-sex friend on whom they relied. Relationships with Parents Levels of conflict with parents were low. Adolescents were asked whether they had discussed with either parent during the past two weeks a variety of issues (for example, chores around the house, whether they could bring a friend to the house when no adult was home, how late they could stay out).

Although 50 percent of the employed fathers were earning $40,000 per year or more, only 7 percent of the employed mothers were earning that much. And although the 28 CONCEPTS AND METHODS majority of fathers paid child support when the children were living with the mothers, the amounts paid made up only a small fraction of the income differential (Maccoby and Mnookin, 1992). Because the large majority of the adolescents in our sample lived with their mothers, most were spending a great deal of time in poor or lower-middle-income households.

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