Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Divorced Families

  • Lee J. DixonEmail author
  • Sarah A. Wilhoit
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_484


Given the prevalence of divorce in most countries, and the fact that the dissolution of a marriage often involves the entire family, it is important to have an understanding of the potential impact of divorce. Although divorce is usually related to detrimental experiences for both couples and their children, this is not true in all cases. As is outlined below, research in this area has shone a light on for whom divorce has a more negative impact and for whom the opposite may be true. Given the ubiquity of divorce, it is imperative that we understand its causes and influences and develop therapies and interventions that can help to lessen the negative consequences it can have on families. This entry will introduce the reader to each of these three areas of study.


Although divorce rates in the United States peaked in the 1980s, they are still a very frequent occurrence, with the crude rate in 2012 being reported to be nearly three divorces per year per 1000...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DaytonDaytonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA