ERIC Number: ED307992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Divorce and Parental Conflict on Children's Adjustment: A Prospective Study.
Replicating the methodology used by Block, Block, and Gjerde (1986), a prospective, longitudinal examination was made of relations between divorce and children's adjustment. Data from the New York Longitudinal Study (NYLS), originally collected by Thomas, Chess, and Birch (1963, 1968, 1977, 1983, 1984) was analyzed. The NYLS assessed children's personalities at home and school from infancy to young adulthood. Many expected results were not found. Regarding the prospective analyses, girls, rather than boys, showed more problematic behavior prior to parental separation. The effects of time also were not in accord with prior findings, as children's adjustment generally was not a function of the time since parental separation. With the exception of parental conflict, few child care practices were consistent predictors of children's long-term adjustment. The interaction between temperament and parental conflict was not strong in predicting children's short- and long-term adjustment. Results highlight the predictive utility of parental conflict, suggest discrepancies with prior research, and demonstrate the value of the secondary analysis technique. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).