2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Postdivorce Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Noncustodial Parental Contact as Mediating Factors in Childrens Adjustment to Divorce
Dana J. Bruxvoort
Dr. Diane Johnson, Faculty Mentor

Divorce is one of the most notable social changes of 20th century, as about half of marriages in America have been found to end in divorce. This elevated divorce rate has an undeniable impact on the children of divorced parents, and the existing body of research shows that in addition to having trouble adjusting to familial changes after divorce, these children often score lower than children from intact families in numerous areas of well-being. Thus, the question becomes, how can the consequences of divorce for children be mitigated? This research analyzes competing perspectives on divorce and looks at how the frequency of noncustodial parent-child contact and the quality of postdivorce parent-child relationships can affect the adjustment period for children.

Keywords: Divorce, Children, Adjustment, Communication, Psychology, Family

Topic(s):Communication

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 60-1
Location: VH 1320
Time: 2:45

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