In the Best Interest of the Child: A Manual for Divorcing Parents.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 12/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 4
Topic: NamedWork: In the Best Interest of the Child: A Manual for Divorcing Parents (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Baksh, Nadir; Murphy, Laurie
Accession Number: 216961297

A manual for parents who are divorcing, this book's purpose is to help parents save their children unnecessary anguish throughout the divorce process. Dr. Baksh and Dr. Murphy have witnessed firsthand in their clinical practices the pain and suffering that occurs during a family break up. "We are not afraid to take a stand," they declare in the front of the book. "In fact, we believe it is our duty to underscore the needs of your children so they don't get lost or disappear underneath legal paperwork."

The practical how-to guide offers advice on how to make sense out of children's questions, how to create healthy dialogue between spouses, and help soften or prevent the custody battle. In the Best Interest of the Child encourages parents to do some serious self-reflection about their personal choices and motivations, and it encourages them to place their children's needs above their own. The tone of the book, while uncompromising, also generates strong credibility for the authors' words, and easily inspires confidence in their readers.

Dr. Nadir Baksh is a licensed psychologist specializing in clinical and forensic psychology since 1984. He is a fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Forensic Examiners. Along with his clinical psychology practice, Dr. Baksh has rendered expert opinion testimony in both criminal and civil matters, including child custody cases.

Dr. Laurie Murphy, RN, has raised four children and has worked with patients and families since 1968. Her practice, in conjunction with Dr. Baksh, deals with individuals and families who suffer emotionally. She is especially dedicated to parents and children going through the emotional turmoil of divorce.

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By Nadir Baksh, PsyD and Laurie Murphy, PhD
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