Thomas Davey

Thomas Davey is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Boston area.

Recent Articles

Considering Divorce

Between 1960 and 1982, the divorce rate in America tripled. By now many researchers have investigated the effects on families and children of this sweeping change. Considerable speculation has been generated as well. But there has been little agreement. To some divorce is a quick fix to marital discontent sought by narcissistic parents and its impact on children is devastating. Others believe that unhappy marriages carry their own harmful consequences and that divorce is not as destructive to children as one might think. In The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce , Judith S. Wallerstein and her colleagues gather evidence by listening directly to children of divorce. Their study began in 1971 with a sample of 131 children and adolescents from 60 families in which parents had recently separated and filed for divorce in Marin County, California. The researchers followed up 18 months later and then again after five years, 10 years, and 25 years to see how the children were...