Children of divorce in the 1990s: A meta-analysis

Alan Reifman, Laura C. Villa, Julie A. Amans, Vasuki Rethinam, Tiffany Y. Telesca

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Amato and Keith's (1991) comprehensive meta-analysis of well-being differences in children from divorced and intact families found that, when studies were divided by era (1950-1969, 1970-1979, and 1980-1989), the apparent decrements to children of divorce became smaller over time. In an attempt to replicate and extend the Amato and Keith meta-analysis, we conducted a similar one for the 1990s, drawing from 35 published articles. Results showed that across several domains of child well-being (school achievement, conduct, psychological adjustment, self-concept, social adjustment, mother-child relations, and father-child relations), decrements to children of divorce between 1990-1999 were slightly-though consistently-more pronounced than in the previous decade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Childrearing practices
  • Children of divorce
  • Coparenting
  • Divorce education


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