Parental divorce and adjustment in adulthood: findings from a community sample

T O'Connor, KJ Thorpe, J Dunn, J Golding

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Abstract

The current study examines the link between the experience of divorce in childhood and several indices of adjustment in adulthood in a large community sample of women. Results replicated previous research on the long-term correlation between parental divorce and depression and divorce in adulthood. Results further suggested that parental divorce was associated with a wide range of early risk factors, life course patterns, and several indices of adult adjustment. Regression analyses indicated that the long-term correlation between parental divorce and depression in adulthood is explained by quality of parent-child and parental marital relations (in childhood), concurrent levels of stressful life events and social support, and cohabitation. The long-term association between parental divorce and experiencing a divorce in adulthood was partly mediated through quality of parent-child relations, teenage pregnancy, leaving home before 18 years, and educational attainment.
Translated title of the contributionParental divorce and adjustment in adulthood: findings from a community sample
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777 - 789
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume40 (5)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

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