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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Experiencing Parents’ Marital Disruption During Late Adolescence
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2007
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 742–762, August 2007
How to Cite
Sun, Y. and Li, Y. (2007), Racial and Ethnic Differences in Experiencing Parents’ Marital Disruption During Late Adolescence. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69: 742–762. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2007.00403.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2007
- child well-being;
- family structure;
- longitudinal studies;
- marital disruption;
- racial differences
Using panel data from 9,252 adolescents in the National Education Longitudinal Study, this study finds that among children who experience parents’ marital disruption during late adolescence, European, Asian, and African American adolescents exhibit wider and greater maladjustment both before and after the disruption than their Hispanic American counterparts. This finding lends general support to the hypothesis of prevalence of disadvantages, although it is less consistent with the hypothesis of prevalence of divorce. Moreover, whereas Asian American adolescents in predisrupted families are more vulnerable to a shortage of family social resources, their African American peers are affected more by a shortage of financial/human resources. Finally, postdisruption effects on non-Hispanic American adolescents are either completely or partially attributable to predisruption factors.