Title

Comparing the Effects of the Amount of Conflict on Children’s Adjustment Following Parental Divorce

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Divorce and Remarriage

ISSN

1050-2556

Volume

50

Issue

3

First Page

159

171

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

This study examined the immediate and short-term effects on children of the conflict (as reflected by the level of court involvement) their family experiences during divorce proceedings. Families going through various levels of divorce (dissolution, divorce with little litigation, moderate litigation, and high levels of litigation) were investigated. Seventy-six parents (31 men and 45 women) between the ages of 22 and 53 who had children ranging in age from 2 to 17 years old participated. The Divorce Adjustment Inventory-Revised was completed by the parents immediately following the divorce hearing and again 6 months later. Results indicated that families experiencing a higher level of conflict (as measured by level of court involvement) displayed more family conflict or maladjustment, less favorable divorce conditions and child coping ability, and less positive divorce resolution. Implications of the study and indications for future research are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Publication Information

Bing, N. M., Nelson, W. M., III., & Wesolowski, K. L. (2009). Comparing the effects of the amount of conflict on children’s adjustment following parental divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 50(3), 159-171.