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3. Judith S. Wallerstein, Sandra Blakeslee, & Julia M. Lewis have written a book: "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce : A 25 Year Landmark Study." Ms Wallerstein is founder and executive director of the Center for the Family in Transition, and a senior lecturer at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Lewis is a professor of psychology at San Francisco State University and co-principal investigator of the Children of Divorce Project -- a longitudinal twenty-five-year study. Sandra Blakeslee is a science and medical writer. Their book is based on a study which tracked about 100 children who grew up in an unhappy or divorced family. She reports that "...children of divorce have a very hard time growing up. They never recover from their parents’ breakups and have difficulty forming their own adult relationships." Their book discusses the different roles that children take in the event of a divorce or unhappy marriage. It also deals with difficulties that children of divorce have as adults when they pursue their own relationships. Many feel that their relationships are doomed. They also try to avoid conflict, and fear commitment. The book ends with recommendations on how to minimize the damage that divorce does to the persons involved. It also has suggestions about how to prevent divorce by strengthening marriages (Copyright © 2002, by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, Originally written: 2002-APR-8)

Latest update: 2002-JUL-24- Author: B.A. Robinson

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