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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Abstract

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
Volume36
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

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

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    Reifman, A., Villa, L. C., Amans, J. A., Rethinam, V., & Telesca, T. Y. (2001). Children of divorce in the 1990s: A meta-analysis. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 36(1-2), 27-36. https://doi.org/10.1300/J087v36n01_02