This study was designed to explore how divorce experiences may impact attitudes about offsprings' well-being and future relationships. A sample of 107 college students, mostly Caucasian females, were presented with surveys consisting of scenarios depicting characters with varying parental-divorce experiences and evaluated perceived fear of intimacy, trust in relationships, parent-child relationship, and life. They also provided information about their own experiences with parental-divorce, intimate relationships, overall life satisfaction, and family closeness. Results indicated that participants perceived fear of intimacy, inability to trust, poor parent-child relationship, and low overall life satisfaction for the character with parental-divorce experience. Both those with personal divorce experience and no experience responded similarly. Results may suggest a general understanding of the potential negative impact of parental divorce on offspring which may be related to the steady decline in divorce.
Buchanan, Molly E.
"Effects of Parental Divorce on Offspring's Future Relationships and Well-being,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol13/iss1/5