ERIC Number: ED321851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
"Why Stay Married if You're Unhappy Being Married": Children's Attitudes towards Marriage and Divorce.
Young children's atttitudes about marriage and divorce, considered as social institutions and as personal possibilities, were investigated. Subjects were 119 children in kindergarten and second and fourth grades who lived with nondivorced parents, single divorced mothers, or remarried mothers. In reference to a story line illustrated with paper dolls, children were asked open- and close-ended questions on five themes: (1) marriage; (2) divorce of a couple without children; (3) divorce of a couple with two young children; (4) remarriage; and (5) stepparents. While most subjects expected to marry and believed that marriage is a positive experience, the children were surprisingly accepting of divorce as a solution to an unhappy marriage, even in cases involving young children. However, children with divorced parents were more likely than children with still-married parents to view divorce as a possibility for themselves. Kindergarteners were more likely than older subjects to hold negative attitudes toward divorce. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Human Development (11th, Richmond, VA, March 29-31, 1990).