Tianyi Yu (2007) looked at relationships between children and parents who were having marital conflicts or divorced. The experiment was a longitudinal study on children the summer before they began kindergarten. They were continuously followed up through the age twenty-five. When looking at romantic relationships when the children had become young adults, they measured relationship quality, insecurity, and self-efficacy. What they found was young adults who had parents with conflict in their marriage or that were divorced had problems in their relationships with their parents and romantic partners. Also found was young adults with divorced parents had more of their own marital conflict than those with parents who remained together which was more likely for females than for males. This is also associated with lower quality and higher insecurity in their own romantic relationships. Divorce also shows to be associated with less closeness and support between fathers and children who a...
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...a more realistic view on marriage. A limitation to this study was those who lived with their mother after divorce, which in turn can cast a negative light on fathers. This can also be reversed in participants who lived with their father after divorce.
Divorce and parental conflict has many effects on children in the family. Through all of these studies, we find that many children receive negative effects that last for a long time and even have in influence in their own relationships. Children of divorce tend to have less romantic ideas of marriages and more realistic views instead than those who still have intact families. To further research in this area, we know that children of divorce may delay marriage or put it off but we could also look at if children of divorce are less likely to want to have their own children because of what they went through.
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