Controversies, Clarifications, and Consequences of Divorce's Legacy: Introduction to the Special Collection


*Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1104 (


Recent publications describing long-term results of longitudinal investigations of divorced couples have stirred controversies because of substantial differences in findings. The current Special Collection was initiated to clarify some of the issues brought into controversy. Five primary themes are explored by the nine papers in this collection: How severe is the long-term effect of divorce on children? Why do various research findings on the long-term effect of divorce tend to disagree so substantially? Why is divorce considered a problem? What do children have to say about their experiences with divorce? And what, if anything, can be done to help the children of divorce?