Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 401-418

First online:

Growing up in the Divorced Family

  • Judith S. WallersteinAffiliated withBerkeley School of Social Welfare, University of CaliforniaBerkeley School of Law Email author 

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Stressful parent–child relationships in the post-divorce family together with the enduring effects of the troubled marriage and breakup lead to the acute anxieties about love and commitment that many children of divorce bring to relationships in their adult years. Findings from a 25-year study of 131 children call for a paradigmatic change in our theoretical understanding and in our interventions with these youngsters as children and as adults. Revised clinical and educational strategies with parents and children are proposed.


divorce children adult children of divorce long-term effects