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Understanding Differences between Divorced and Intact Families
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Understanding Differences between Divorced and Intact Families
Stress, Interaction, and Child Outcome

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Volume: 5

June 1996 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do divorced and intact families differ? Is there a link between parental divorce and child adjustment? How do parents and children in divorced families interact differently from those in intact families? Understanding Differences Between Divorced and Intact Families offers valuable insights on these and other important questions. The research team behind this volume has assembled and analyzed data from two large-scale studies of midwest families--one examining intact families, the other examining divorced families. The findings illustrate the special stresses each type of family suffers and the impact of divorce on children. This groundbreaking volume opens with a model of the impact that parental divorce has on child development, and it emphasizes the ways in which family structure, differences in stress, and parental adjustment account for the fact that children of divorce show more conduct and emotional problems than those from intact families. Addressing a crucial topic for scholars, practitioners, and researchers, Understanding Differences Between Divorced and Intact Families is a major contribution to the fields of family studies, developmental psychology, and sociology. "Understanding Differences Between Divorced and Intact Families is a significant and provocative contribution to the literature. Unlike most studies of single-parent families, Ronald L. Simons and colleagues designed an imaginative study capitalizing on diverse methods, reliable measures, and multiple informants to gather rich information on theoretically important variables. The book is logically organized to address a range of concerns commonly voiced about single-parent families, and each chapter is guided by a careful consideration of alternative theoretical arguments. The findings provide important new evidence and the book is a must read for students, researchers, and policymakers." --David H. Demo, University of Missouri, Columbia
Ronald L Simons
Preface
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Ronald L Simons
The Effect of Divorce on Adult and Child Adjustment
Ronald L Simons
The Sample, Data Collection Procedures, and Measures
 
PART TWO: MATERNAL STRESS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING
Ronald L Simons, Christine Johnson, and Frederick O Lorenz
Family Structure Differences in Stress and Behavioral Predispositions
Frederick O Lorenz, Ronald L Simons, and Wei Chao
Family Structure and Mother's Depression
 
PART THREE: FAMILY INTERACTION
Ronald L Simons and Christine Johnson
Mother's Parenting
Ronald L Simons and Jay Beaman
Father's Parenting
Rand D Conger and Katherine J Conger
Sibling Relationships
 
PART FOUR: CHILD OUTCOMES
Ronald L Simons and Wei Chao
Conduct Problems
Les B Whitbeck, Ronald L Simons, and Elizabeth Goldberg
Adolescent Sexual Intercourse
Rand D Conger and Wei Chao
Adolescent Depressed Mood
Glen H Elder Jr and Stephen T Russell
Academic Performance and Future Aspirations
 
PART FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Ronald L Simons
Theoretical and Policy Implications of the Findings

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