The intergenerational effects of parental divorce on young adult relationships

Stephen Fife, Skyler Roper, Ryan Seedall

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Due to the current high rates of divorce, many young adults<br>have experienced the effects of parental divorce. Although<br>a large body of research has investigated both the positive<br>and negative intrapersonal implications of divorce for individuals,<br>relatively little research has looked at the interpersonal<br>effects of parental divorce. Yet divorce likely influences both<br>parent-child relationships and young adult romantic relationships.<br>The purpose of this study was to explore more fully how<br>parental divorce affects young adult relationships by investigating<br>the relationship between divorce and parent-adult child<br>relationship quality, perceived comfort within close relationships<br>(i.e., attachment), romantic relationship satisfaction, and<br>individual distress (depression, anxiety, and stress). Data analysis<br>revealed that those who experience parental divorce are<br>more likely to have lower parental regard, report lower relationship<br>satisfaction, an
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
StatePublished - Dec 2019


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