Parental marital conflict and divorce, parent–child relationships, and social support among Latino-American young adults

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  • HEIDI R. RIGGIO,

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    1. California State University, Los Angeles
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    • Heidi R. Riggio, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles; Ann Marie Valenzuela, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University.

  • ANN MARIE VALENZUELA

    1. Claremont Graduate University
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    • Heidi R. Riggio, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles; Ann Marie Valenzuela, School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University.


Heidi R. Riggio, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, e-mail: hriggio@calstatela.edu.

Abstract

Based on research documenting the harmful consequences of parental conflict and divorce, this self-report study examined parental conflict, divorce, and social outcomes of Latino-American young adults. Undergraduate students (N = 431) from divorced and intact families completed measures of parental conflict, quality of parent–adult child relationships, and perceptions of social support. As hypothesized, conflict was associated with poorer parent–adult child relationships, divorce was associated with poorer father–adult child relationships and higher quality mother–adult child relationships, and quality of relationships with parents was positively related to perceived social support. Contrary to expectations, perceptions of social support were not related to parental conflict. Results are discussed in terms of features of Latino families, including extended family networks as important sources of social support.

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