In the 1990s, 40 percent of all children growing up in America will experience the often devastating impact of a parental divorce. Now, here are reassuring practical strategies for dealing with your children's varied emotional responses to the event. Using extensive examples drawn from his own clinical experience and research, Dr. Neil Kalter describes the three universal stages of divorce, and how each stage affects children in various age groups--from infancy through adolescence. Inside, Dr. Kalter gives expert advice on how to:
¸ Recognize the signs of emotional distress before it gets out of hand
¸ Minimize your children's stress during a wide variety of potentially "explosive" situations--from joint custody to dating
¸ Pinpoint and mitigate the private fears that cause your children's "acting out" at home, in school, or with friends
¸ Communicate effectively with your child using a variety of indirect and non-threatening techniques
Written with insight, intelligence, and compassion, Growing Up with Divorce is an indispensable resource for all parents going through a divorce and the professionals who counsel them.
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"A wise, compassionate, and eminently practical guidebook for divorcing parents that will help them to understand and to comfort their children. This is a book that has been needed for a long time."
--Judith S. Wallerstein, Ph.D
Coauthor of Second Chances:Men, Women, and Children a Decade after Divorce
"A VERY TIMELY AND HELPFUL BOOK."
--T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
"A wise discussion . . . The book is clear, non-technical, and non-accusatory."
--Benjamin Spock, M.D.
"Sensitively conveyed, clearly written and well-organized . . . This volume should be a part of everyone's library."
--Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Director of the Family Styles Project at the University of Michigan, Kalter observes that "divorce is a continuing presence in the psychological lives of the great majority of the children" he treats in clinical practice. Children's levels of development--cognitive, emotional and social--at the time of the parents' divorce creates an enormous variability in response. Kalter delineates five stages of development from infancy through adolescence, illustrates them through case studies and anecdotes, and demonstrates a variety of ways parents can help children at different stages cope with change and stress, and provide for possible long-range effects of divorce. This book presents a framework for those concerned with helping children of divorce grow in psychological health.
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Ballantine Books Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0449905632
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0449905632