PART 1. THE PROBLEM AND THE CHALLENGE; 1. The Family Crucible of High-Conflict and Violent Divorce; 2. The Prism and Prison of the Child; PART II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN HIGH-CONFLICT FAMILIES; 3. Infants and Toddlers: Problems in Separation-Individuation; 4. Preschoolers: Separation, Gender, and Sexualized Anxiety; 5. School-Age Children: the Struggle to Feel Lovable, Good, and Competent.
Janet R. Johnston, PhD, is a sociologist with a doctorate from Stanford University and a clinical social worker with a master's from the University of Michigan. For three decades she has specialized in research and clinical interventions with high conflict and violent divorcing families, parental alienation and family abduction of children at the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition. As professor in justice studies at San Jose State University for the past decade, her focus has been on social policies in family and juvenile courts within the context of their communities. She has been the honored recipient of multiple prestigious awards for her numerous publications and keynote presentations at scientific and professional meetings to mental health and legal professionals throughout the USA and abroad. She is the first co-author of Impasses of Divorce: The Dynamics and Resolution of Family Conflict (1988); and Through Children's Eyes: Healing Stories for Children of Divorce (1997).