Parental divorce and adjustment in adulthood: Findings from a community sample

O'Connor, Thomas G., Thorpe, Karen, Dunn, Judy, & Golding, Jean (1999) Parental divorce and adjustment in adulthood: Findings from a community sample. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40(5), pp. 777-789.

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Abstract

The current study examines the link between the experience of divorce in childhood and several indices of adjustment in adulthood in a large community sample of women. Results replicated previous research on the long-term correlation between parental divorce and depression and divorce in adulthood. Results further suggested that parental divorce was associated with a wide range of early risk factors, life course patterns, and several indices of adult adjustment. Regression analyses indicated that the long-term correlation between parental divorce and depression in adulthood is explained by quality of parent-child and parental marital relations (in childhood), concurrent levels of stressful life events and social support, and cohabitation. The long-term association between parental divorce and experiencing a divorce in adulthood was partly mediated through quality of parent-child relations, teenage pregnancy, leaving home before 18 years, and educational attainment.

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ID Code: 90789
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child development, depression, divorce, longitudinal studies
DOI: 10.1111/1469-7610.00493
ISSN: 1469-7610
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Family and Household Studies (160301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 1999-2015 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2015 00:36
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 00:36

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