Listening to Children of Divorce: New Findings that Diverge from Wallerstein, Lewis, and Blakeslee

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Abstract

I review new findings on (a) college students' perspectives on their living arrangements after their parents' divorces, (b) their relations with their parents as a function of their living arrangements, (c) their adjustment as a function of their parents' relocation, and (d) the amount of college support they received. Students endorsed living arrangements that gave them equal time with their fathers, they had better outcomes when they had such arrangements and when their parents supported their time with the other parent, they experienced disagreement between mothers and fathers over living arrangements, and they gave evidence of their fathers' continuing commitment to them into their young adult years. These findings consistently contradict the recent, influential public policy recommendations of Judith Wallerstein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalFamily Relations
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Fathers
  • Relocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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