Long-Term Effects of a Parenting Preventive Intervention on Young Adults’ Attitudes Toward Divorce and Marriage

Sharlene Wolchik, Caroline Christopher, Jenn-Yun Tein, C. Aubrey Rhodes, Irwin Sandler

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Abstract

This study examined whether the New Beginnings Program (NBP), a parenting-focused preventive intervention designed to reduce children’s postdivorce mental health problems, affected attitudes toward divorce and marriage in young adults whose mothers had participated 15 years earlier. Participants (M = 25.6 years; 50% female; 88% White) were from 240 families that had participated in a randomized experimental trial (NBP vs. literature control). Analyses of covariance showed that program effects on both types of attitudes were moderated by gender. Males in the NBP reported more positive attitudes toward marriage and less favorable attitudes toward divorce than males in the literature control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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divorce
young adult
marriage
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Keywords

  • attitudes about divorce
  • attitudes about marriage
  • divorce
  • preventive intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Law

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