Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Adjustment among College Students Experiencing Parental Divorce as Young Adults

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Adjustment among College Students Experiencing Parental Divorce as Young Adults

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Prior studies of individuals experiencing parental divorce during childhood and adolescence indicate a pattern of Post-divorce maladjustment on academic, social, psychological, emotional, and behavioural measures. The current study extends prior findings by assessing this effect within a young adult population experiencing parental divorce. Specifically, this study examines differences between individuals experiencing parental divorce during young adulthood as compared with individuals from intact families on three developmentally appropriate outcome variables: wellbeing, intimacy in interpersonal relationships, and academic progress. Also considered is whether three proposed moderator variables account for any additional variance beyond the main effects model. The three moderator variables selected are parent-child attachment, interparental conflict, and gender. A total of 684 college students from four universities in the southeastern region of the United States participated in this study. Although there were no statistically significant differences between the delayed divorce and intact family groups on measures of well-being and intimacy in interpersonal relationships, mean differences were found on a measure of academic progress. Specifically, the delayed divorce group scored higher on scales measuring academic adaptiveness, reading for pleasure, and creative expressions. …

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