The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

  • by Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by Kate McIntire
  • 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Twenty-five years ago, Judith Wallerstein began talking to a group of 131 children whose parents were all going through a divorce. From those conversations have come two best sellers: Surviving the Breakup and Second Chances. This third volume of the longitudinal study, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, brings all of her research up to the present and shows for the first time how children are affected by divorce long into adulthood. Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront: whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce.

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What the Critics Say

"This is a highly understandable narrative on how children are affected by divorce." (AudioFile)
"McIntire reads with compassion and warmth, presents the psychologist's startling findings....An important contribution to our understanding of what is a central social problem." (Publishers Weekly)

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A must for understanding

This book helped me understand the many effects divorce and dysfunctional families can have on our adult life. It helped me see the world a little better through the eyes of my husband, a child of multiple divorces.
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- Angela

Very thought provoking!

I had not heard of this book before perusing audible.com. I had seen the reviews and thought it would help me as I teach and give insight to children of divorced families in my daycare. This was beautifully read and I was amazed as I was drawn in to my own reflections as a child!
I did not come from divorce but my parents never married. Later my mom married and 7 years later divorced. (So I guess kinda divorced)
This book gave me an understanding into what I had felt and faced as a child and still feel to this day. It gave me an empathy for the children I care for that had not been there before.
I am grateful for the author and the time she took to take another glance at the 'children' in her 25 year study.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2008
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books