miklosha's review against another edition

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Like many others, I read this in a class I took on divorce. Hetherington and her research team conducted a longitudinal study on divorced participants and followed them and their children (compared with a married control group). Their conclusions were that the purported negative effects of divorce were not always the case. Responses to divorce could run the gamut from catastrophic to stressful to even positive.

The book straddles a fine line between academia and popular press. Some sections read like a series of articles compiled together, losing the narrative flow. On the other hand, each section ends with a "points to remember" section, just in case the chapter was too sciencey for some readers and they wanted a readers digest version of the information.

All in all, I enjoyed the book but hesitate to say that it should be a go to for people other than professionals and students. That's not to say that divorced people wouldn't get valuable information out of "For Better or for Worse", but rather that it may not go in depth enough or be comprehensive enough to help with the process.

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bought this book for a class just to read one chapter lul