1st Edition

The Divorce Process A Handbook for Clinicians

By Craig Everett Copyright 1987

    Professionals who work with divorcing couples and their families will be inspired by this important book on effective clinical assessment and intervention. The book blends a variety of expert contributions--descriptive, theoretical, and empirical--into a practical handbook that focuses on resources for dealing with the anger and pain of parting spouses and disrupted childhoods. A rich array of clinically useful materials is provided. The book covers background theory, marital interaction, the definition of clinical dysfunctions in children of divorce, specific clinical features of childhood developmental levels, post-divorce reorganization, and models of group work.

    Contents Introduction
    • I. Background
    • The Developmental Course of Conflict in the Marital Dissolution Process
    • The Grief Resolution Process in Divorce: Phase II
    • Divorce: Three Different Experiences for Three Different Families
    • II. Dysfunctional Marital Patterns
    • The Ambivalent Spouse Syndrome
    • A Comparison of Men Who Are Divorce Prone With Those Who Are Marriage Phobic
    • III. Defining the Range of Dysfunctional Patterns in Children
    • Children of Divorce: The Question of Clinically Significant Problems
    • Who Are the “Normal” Children of Divorce? On the Need to Specify Population
    • Children and Divorce: The “Negative” Identification
    • IV. Developmental Features in Children of Divorce
    • “Where Is My Daddy’s House?” Preschool-Age Children of Divorce and Transitional Phenomena--A Study
    • Depression in Children From Single-Parent Families
    • Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Suicide: Does Knowledge That the Parents Are Divorced Make a Difference?
    • Young Adult Children of Divorced Parents: Depression and the Perception of Loss
    • V. Family Reorganization
    • Recoupling: Development and Establishment of the Spousal Subsystem in Remarriage
    • Defining Post-Divorce Remarriage Families: A Typology Based on the Subjective Perceptions of Children
    • VI. Group Treatment Models for Divorcing Populations
    • The Long-Term Effects of Divorce: Mothers and Children in Concurrent Support Groups
    • Group Work With Emotionally Attached or Ambivalent Spouses in Process of Separating, Separated, or Recently Divorced
    • An Evaluation of the “Recovery of Hope” Program


    Craig Everett (Arizona Institute for Family Therapy, Arizona, USA) (Author)