Postive consequences of parental divorce among Israeli young adults: A long-term effect model

Ilana Sever, Joseph Guttmann, Amnon Lazar

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Abstract

Within the framework of cognitive theories that define crisis as a challenge to self-development, this study explored the positive long-term outcomes of coping with parental divorce in young adults. Data were collected from self-reports of 158 Israeli young adults whose parents divorced when they were adolescents. Together with painful feelings, almost half the participants reported "more positive than negative outcomes" and less than a quarter thought that the divorce had "more negative than positive outcomes." The various positive outcomes were found to form three constructs reflecting maturity and growth: empowerment, empathy, and relationship-savvy. Coping styles used by the participants proved strongly connected to long-term outcomes. Reciprocal support was the main coping style used by the young adults and their significant others, and was connected to positive long-term outcomes. Based on multiple regression analyses, the study proposes a sequential model that charts a developmental sequence that enhances long-term positive outcomes. These and other results are discussed within the framework of posttraumatic growth perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-28
Number of pages22
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Parental divorce
  • Positive outcomes
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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