Constance Ahrons

Constance Ahrons Author of the highly praised book, The Good Divorce, and co-author of Divorced Families, Constance Ahrons is Professor Emerita from the Department of Sociology and former Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Training Program at the University of Southern California. Prior to her joining the USC faculty, she taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2000-2001 she was awarded a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A Senior Scholar and founding Co-chair of the Council on Contemporary Families, Dr. Ahrons received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. <

An internationally renowned lecturer, workshop leader, and consultant, Ahrons is considered to be one of the top professionals in the field of divorce. An innovative thinker with over 30 years of experience as an educator, family therapist, and researcher, Ahrons coined the term “binuclear family” and has pioneered the concept of “a good divorce”. As a keynote speaker and lecturer, she is known for her ability to explain complex research concepts and findings in clear, understandable language. One of her trademarks is her use of humor to demonstrate current thinking about societal issues and social change.

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Articles and Video:

Old Dissolution Model Was Damaging (04/01/20)
Constance Ahrons discusses the pre-joint-cutody model for the relationship between Ex-spouses. The cultural norm was to have no relationship, because that meant that the ex-spouses where hanging on.

Constance Ahrons: Cultural Changes Influence Family Models - Video (04/10/10)
Constance Ahrons discusses how divorce does not mean automatic crises and disaster for a family and with cultural changes, family models are ever-changing. As long as the child has support, care, love, and stability in its relationships, they will be okay.

Constance Ahrons: Personal Experience with Divorce - Video (09/13/09)
Constance Ahrons describes her own divorce and how it would not have been so difficult if it had not been for lawyers becoming involved and escalating it. 

Constance Ahrons: Divorce Restructures Families - Video (05/14/09)
Constance Ahrons describes the result of a follow-up study she conducted on adult children from divorced parents. She found that the divorce made the family more complex and restructured, but did not destroy the notion of family for the children.