CHILDREN OF SEPARATION AND DIVORCE by Dr. Lawrence & Dr. Irving R. Stuart -- Eds. Abt


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Most of these extracts from disparate sources are from respectable professional literature so that the volume is concerned and considered in tone (although you are left wondering about one consultant, a Ph.D. who says that no parent is equipped to teach her child about sex without having read David Reuben). The material has been assembled from statements, studies, interviews, and tapes which sometimes makes it difficult to get the hard facts together. You'll see the child of divorce as a hostage, caught in the crossfire; or with new parents where the competition can continue and comparisons are made; there's some discussion of the adolescent in the middle of a custody situation; a lawyer reviews the child's lesser rights; assorted children discuss their broken homes; three clergymen of different denominations stress ""marital responsibilities""; there is a rather amorphous consideration of the problems the child may manifest (he might have anyway); there are quite a number of serious psychosociological findings on children of underprivileged backgrounds; and at the close there's a good bit on where to get help for the troubled whether it's a day care center or a therapist. This kind of presentation works better as exposure than guidance -- the specifics (how to tell your child of your upcoming divorce, for example) are few and far between. Louise Despert's Children of Divorce is still the most explicit and supportive book around.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1972
Publisher: Grossman