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Constance Ahrons

Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Contact Information
Phone: (858) 274-8943



Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1/1973

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Emerita Professor Ahron's research focuses on families in today's societies, marriage and family therapy and gender issues. She has been especially interested in understanding the impact of divorce and remarriage on children and families, which she has investigated through numerous studies including a 20-year longitudinal study of divorced families. Professor Ahrons has been particularly interested in the children of divorce, seeking answers to questions such as: How does the coparenting relationship between divorced parents affect the quality of each child's relationship with each parent? Do young adult children continue to experience loyalty conflicts? How does the coparenting relationship affect the way children experience family cohesion twenty years following their parents' divorce? Other research interests have included: remarriage and stepfamilies; stresses of contemporary American families; mid-life and later life transitions; active retirement; gender issues; work and family issues; politics of "family values"; and, couples and family therapy.

Honors and Awards

Radcliffe Institute Fellow, 2000-2001  
Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Literary Association for the book The Good Divorce (HarperCollins, 1994), 1995  
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