The past twenty years have seen the emergence of family therapy as well as family research, much of it related to divorce, step-families, and the effects of divorce on children. Socio-legal studies have also been a recent, though separate, development. In "Family" "Transformation During Divorce and Remarriage," Margaret Robinson integrates these two strands of research with the application of systems theory, the basis of family therapy.
This book is the first to look thoroughly at the complete divorce-remarriage-step-family cycle in the context of the demographic data, the legal processes, and the systemic theoretical framework. For each phase of the cycle, the author describes the stages of development, summarizes the relevant research, and illustrates the effects on family members with case examples. In addition, she outlines some of the present research proposals which are likely to change both attitudes and practice in relation to families during divorce.
"Family Transformation During Divorce and Remarriage" will be an essential source of reference for counselors, marital and family therapists, and social workers.
"This will be an invaluable handbook for anyone contending with the repercussions of marital breakdown, divorce and re-marriage, whether as participants or practitioner."
-"Journal of Social Work Practice
"This is an essential and rewarding work of reference for all concerned with the present state of the family, and will become a classic in its particular field."
-"The British Journal of Psychiatry
"This book, with its clear and simple language and interesting case studies, points the way for the reader towards a meshing of the conciliation and legal processes."
"Comprehensive, informative and an excellent source of reference."
-"The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
"An unusual mix of statistical information, compilation of existing research, case studies and some commonsense advice. . . . It is the chapters concerning the process of divorce and reformation from every conceivable family circumstance that will capture RELATE counsellors."