Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 401–418

Growing up in the Divorced Family

Authors

    • Berkeley School of Social WelfareUniversity of California
    • Berkeley School of Law
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10615-005-7034-y

Cite this article as:
Wallerstein, J.S. Clin Soc Work J (2005) 33: 401. doi:10.1007/s10615-005-7034-y

Abstract

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.

Keywords

divorce children adult children of divorce long-term effects

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