E. Mavis Hetherington, professor emeritus of psychology,
U.Va., and John Kelly, writer. For Better or For Worse: Divorce
Reconsidered. W.W. Norton.
Debunking popular wisdom on the devastating psychological and
social effects of divorce, Mavis Hetherington presents a more
nuanced picture. Her landmark study gathers nearly three decades
of research involving 1,400 families and explores divorce not
as a moment but as a life process.
Hetheringtons findings explained in the book:
how women and girls experience divorce differently from men and
why single mother-son relationships and stepfather-stepdaughter
relationships are the most difficult;
why divorce presents a greater risk to adolescent children;
how mentoring and authoritative parenting can buffer against negative
unprecedented look at our divorce-prone society concludes that
the aftermath of divorce need not be a prescribed pathway of dissolution
but can be one of healing and fulfillment.
Anita H. Clayton, professor of psychiatric medicine, U.Va.,
and Dr. Susan Kornstein, ambulatory care psychiatry, Medical College
of Virginia, editors. Womens Mental Health: A Comprehensive
Textbook. Guilford Press.
complex factors of reproductive health that create the different
stages a woman goes through in her life, from puberty to menopause,
have a big impact on both her physical and mental health,
Clayton said. Not only are womens risk factors for
heart disease different from mens, we now are seeing many
other chronic conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and
fibromyalgia, occurring mostly in females. Womens roles
as caregivers in the family also involves different mental health
risks and disorders. All these factors need to be taken into account
in treating womens mental health conditions.