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ERIC Number: EJ746727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Divorce and Adult Psychological Well-Being: Clarifying the Role of Gender and Child Age
Williams, Kristi; Dunne-Bryant, Alexandra
Journal of Marriage and Family, v68 n5 p1178-1196 Dec 2006
Substantial evidence indicates that marital dissolution has negative consequences for adult well-being. Because most research focuses on the average consequences of divorce, we know very little about factors that moderate this association. The present study tests the hypothesis that the effects of marital dissolution on adult well-being are greatest for those with young children in the home at the time of marital dissolution. Analysis of data from the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 4,811 men and women married at the baseline interview) supports this hypothesis, especially among women. For women without young children, marital dissolution appears to have few negative consequences for psychological well-being. Differential exposure to secondary stressors that accompany marital dissolution partly explains these patterns.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Families and Households