The Impact Of Divorce On Young Adults

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The Impact of Divorce on Young Adults

Bridget Cook

Lindenwood University Abstract
This paper explains the factors of parental divorce that have the greatest impact on young adults, including social support, parental involvement, and the ability of the divorced parents to co-parent. The information in this paper are based on research of three professional journals and one article from a website. Several studies indicate that young adults have better post-divorce outcomes if there is continued social support, continued quality involvement between parents and children, and if the divorced parents are able to have a quality co-parenting relationship.

Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the
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According to Dr. Constance R. Ahrons, researcher of the Binuclear Family Study, children and young adults are able to recover from the stress of parental divorce.
For example, on global outcome measures, each concludes that the immediate distress surrounding parental separation fades with time and that the great majority of adult children (75%–80%) are functioning as healthy adults. In addition, all reported that divorce presents certain risks, is an emotionally stressful and complex transition for families, and continues to affect children into adulthood. (Ahrons, 2007, pg. 55).
Another common finding from the three studies is that the experience of parental divorce itself was not the key factor producing a negative impact on children but, a lack of parental involvement resulting from the divorce seemed to be the factor that resulted in negative impact. Negative impact includes but is not limited to low self-esteem, academic difficulty, sexual promiscuity and problems with developing intimate relationships.
A subsequent study on the impact of divorce on emerging adults conducted by Block & Spiegel found that, “Social support moderately predicted self-esteem beyond what would expected due to chance.” (Block & Spiegel, 2014). Some indicators of social support are parental involvement, financial support, and quality visitation. These factors were all contributors to higher self-esteem in emerging adults. As social supports
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