For the purpose of this study a group of university students whose parents were divorced before the age of 16 were examined. The findings revealed that the relationship of children who had spent more time with their fathers after the divorce was better in the long run, regardless of the parent conflict. It also revealed that those who were exposed to parental conflict for a longer time had troubled relationship with their fathers in the long run and they appeared to be distressed about the divorce, as well as about the independent time they spent with their fathers. Furthermore it also revealed that poor father – child relationship led to poor health status of the children.
Forehand, R., Nicholas, L., & Brody, G. (1988). Divorce and marital conflict: Relationship to adolescent competence and adjustment in early adolescence . In E.M. Hetherington & J.D. Arasteh (Eds.). Impact of divorce, single parenting, and stepparenting on children . (pp. 155-167). Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
This study illustrates the various issues faced by adolescent children of divorced parents. It studies and explains the manner in which they try to cope with the dynamic world around them and highlights the need for a safe and secure home which assures them of stability and a hospitable environment, which is not disrupted by any kind of conflict or clashes. This particular study offers valuable information about the adjustments these children are made to undergo and the challenges they face as part of growing up and at the same time coping with broken relationships of their parents. This study is mostly based on the very first year after divorce and is short term in nature. The long term consequences of divorce on adolescents are not covered in this study.
This study aims to examine the issues faced by families post divorce and remarriage and its impact on children. The issues studied, include the moral values and