Ming Cui and Jared A. Durtschi, Department of Family and Child Sciences, The Florida State University. Frank D. Fincham, Family Institute, The Florida State University.
The effect of parental divorce on young adults' romantic relationship dissolution: What makes a difference?
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 IARR
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 410–426, September 2011
How to Cite
CUI, M., FINCHAM, F. D. and DURTSCHI, J. A. (2011), The effect of parental divorce on young adults' romantic relationship dissolution: What makes a difference?. Personal Relationships, 18: 410–426. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01306.x
This study was made possible by Grant 90FE0022/01 from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families awarded to the second author.
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2010
It was proposed that parental divorce does not have a uniform effect on young adults' romantic relationships and that differential outcomes depend on how young adults perceive their parents' divorce. Using a sample of 571 young adults, structural equation modeling suggested that, compared with those from intact families, young adults whose parents divorced held a more favorable attitude toward divorce. A positive attitude toward divorce was associated with lower commitment to their romantic relationship, which in turn affected its dissolution. More importantly, young adults' perception of parental divorce varied depending on interparental conflict and parents' marital quality before the divorce. The variation in the perception of interparental divorce was linked to relationship dissolution via attitude toward divorce and relationship commitment.