ERIC Number: ED283078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Divorce on College Students.
Bianchi, Lisa Gabardi; And Others
Statistics demonstrate that parental divorce is a compelling social issue affecting a large number of children. While investigations of the effects of divorce on children have grown rapidly in the last decade, there is a paucity of research on the effects of divorce on older adolescents and young adults. Given the developmental importance of identity and intimacy issues for the older adolescent and young adult, it would seem that the divorce of their parents would have a significant impact on their own development. A study was conducted to examine the effects of divorce on college students (N=500) on measures of depression, self-esteem, sexual behavior, attitudes about marriage, and general psychological functioning. The study compared students from intact and divorced families, and made specific comparisons across sex of the student and number of years since the parents' divorce. The results indicated that men with divorced parents experienced more depression than did women with divorced parents. For women, but not for men, those who had experienced a parental divorce within the past year showed more expressiveness than did those who had experienced a parental divorce more than one year ago. The hypotheses that college students from divorced families would have more negative attitudes toward marriage and that college women with divorced parents would exhibit sexual acting out were not supported. A five-page list of references is provided. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Albuquerque, NM, April 30-May 2, 1987).