ERIC Number: EJ724293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Adolescents with a Childhood Experience of Parental Divorce: A Longitudinal Study of Mental Health and Adjustment
Storksen, Ingunn; Roysamb, Espen; Moum, Torbjorn; Tambs, Kristian
Journal of Adolescence, v28 n6 p725-739 Dec 2005
This is a prospective Norwegian study of a group of adolescents with an experience of parental divorce or separation (n=413) and a comparison group without this experience (n=1758). Mean age at T1 was 14.4 years and mean age at T2 was 18.4 years. Parental divorce was prospectively associated with a relative change in anxiety and depression, subjective well-being, self-esteem, and school problems. Considering boys separately, parental divorce was prospectively associated only with school problems. Among the girls, divorce was prospectively associated with all variables. The effect of divorce on relative change was partially mediated by paternal absence.
Descriptors: Adolescents, Divorce, Longitudinal Studies, Early Experience, Mental Health, Adjustment (to Environment), Psychological Patterns, Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Parent Influence, Well Being, Self Esteem, Gender Differences
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