Parental Divorce Disclosures, Young Adults’ Emotion Regulation Strategies, and Feeling Caught

Jenna R. Shimkowski, Andrew M. Ledbetter

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Little research has focused on young adult children’s emotion management during parental divorce disclosures. However, understanding the ways in which divorce disclosures impact young adults is paramount in promoting healthy family communication. A greater comprehension of these impacts can help families process through difficult conversations and understand disclosures’ influence on individuals’ mental and emotional health. Guided by the divorce disclosure model (Afifi, Schrodt, & McManus, 2009b), the current study included 419 young adult (i.e, aged 18–30) participants who completed an online questionnaire, including a newly developed communicative emotion management measure. Through structural equation modeling, results indicated that cognitive reappraisal and feeling caught mediate the relationship between divorce disclosures and emotion regulation strategies and that this association is contingent upon young adults’ mental health. Implications are discussed, and suggestions for family research and practitioner guidance are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-201
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018


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