Parental Divorce and Children's Adjustment.

Published

Journal Article

This article reviews the research literature on links between parental divorce and children's short-term and long-term adjustment. First, I consider evidence regarding how divorce relates to children's externalizing behaviors, internalizing problems, academic achievement, and social relationships. Second, I examine timing of the divorce, demographic characteristics, children's adjustment prior to the divorce, and stigmatization as moderators of the links between divorce and children's adjustment. Third, I examine income, interparental conflict, parenting, and parents well-being as mediators of relations between divorce and children's adjustment. Fourth, I note the caveats and limitations of the research literature. Finally, I consider notable policies related to grounds for divorce, child support, and child custody in light of how they might affect children s adjustment to their parents divorce.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lansford, JE

Published Date

  • March 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 140 - 152

PubMed ID

  • 26158941

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26158941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-6924

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1745-6916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1745-6924.2009.01114.x

Language

  • eng