ERIC Number: ED329817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-12
Experiencing Parental Divorce during College.
Elliot, Lisa B.
With increasing divorce rates, many studies have addressed the effect of divorce upon the offspring of divorced and divorcing parents. Most of this research, however, deals exclusively with young children who still reside with a parent. This study examined how divorce affects older offspring, specifically those enrolled in college or graduate school at the time that their parents divorced. The subjects, a sample of seven women and seven men, aged 18-28, each participated in a semi-structured interview which addressed three aspects of the divorce experience: emotional reactions; concerns and worries; and coping strategies. Results indicated that despite their physical distance from home, college students still experienced the divorce in profound ways. Reactions such as anger and relief, and some concerns and coping strategies were similar to those of younger children. However, college students' age, maturity, and ability to assume greater responsibility added new dimensions to the divorce experience. This study, although limited by sample size, demonstrated consistent findings with other studies. The exploration of coping strategies increases knowledge for practitioners and expands the potential for future research. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).