By Christy M. Buchanan
When their mom and dad divorce, a few little ones falter and others thrive. This e-book asks why. Is it the custody association? A parent's new associate? Conflicts or consistency among the 2 families? Adolescents after Divorce follows little ones from 1,100 divorcing households to find what makes the variation. concentrating on a interval starting 4 years after the divorce, the authors have the articulate, frequently insightful support in their matters in exploring the altered stipulations in their lives.
These kids come from a variety of backgrounds. a few are functioning good. a few are faring poorly. The authors study the complete number of occasions within which those youngsters 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 little ones, and the way existence in houses is built-in. sure findings emerge--for example, we see that remarried new companions have been larger permitted than cohabiting new companions. And while mom and dad' family members are amicable, teens in twin custody are much less most probably than different young people to event loyalty conflicts. The authors additionally ponder the results of visitation preparations, the calls for made and the pursuits set inside each one domestic, and the emotional closeness of the residential dad or mum to the child.
A gold mine of data on a subject that touches such a lot of american citizens, this learn could be the most important for researchers, counselors, attorneys, judges, and parents.
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34 CONCEPTS AND METHODS (Adolescent who moved from mother to father): "I couldn't stand living with my mom ... She said if I wanted to leave, leave. " In some cases, the familial conflict was between the adolescent and a parent's new partner: (Adolescent who moved from dual residence to mother): "There was a lot of conflicts [sic] over the years. There was a big blow-up ... and it sort of had to do with my stepmom. " (Adolescent who had moved several times and was currently living alone): "I moved in with my dad 'cause I missed him.
In 73 percent of the families, both parents were non-Hispanic White; in 7 percent both were Hispanic; in 4 percent both were Asian; and in 2 percent both were African-American. In 14 percent of the families, the two parents were from different ethnic groups. Composition of the Parental Households Adolescents were asked who lived in each parental household, and Appendix Table BA displays the information they gave us. A new spouse was sharing the parent's household in about a third of the cases, with 37 percent of the fathers remarried and 32 percent of the mothers.
Because dual residence has the potential to be somewhat more complicated and require more resources than other arrangements (for example, places for children to sleep and keep belongings are needed in both homes), we anticipated that families who maintained this arrangement four and a half years after separation would be advantaged in some respects. , 1989; Pearson and Thoennes, 1990). And in the larger sample of parents from the Stanford Custody Study, families initially adopting dual residence had higher levels of 48 COMPARING RESIDENTIAL ARRANGEMENTS education and income than did families adopting sole-residence arrangements (Maccoby and Mnookin, 1992).
Adolescents after Divorce by Christy M. Buchanan