This book analyzes the issues surrounding divorce and its implications for public policy. The authors integrate research and policy perspectives of scholars in various disciplines to focus on the consequences of divorce for children, the parents' responsibilities after divorce, nonresidential parenting, and the effects of a high divorce rate in society.
Chapter 2: Causes and Consequences of Divorce: Reflections on Recent Research
Causes and Consequences of Divorce: Reflections on Recent Research
We begin with a review of changes in divorce rates over the last century. Explanations for the changes are evaluated and future trends are projected. We then examine the implications of future trends, especially as they relate to children. Recent research has revealed some unexpected findings regarding the children of divorce. For example, the negative relationship between parental divorce and child well-being appears long before the divorce takes place. Also, children whose parents exhibit low conflict levels before divorce suffer more than those whose parents exhibit moderate to high conflict. These and other recent findings are explored so that we might identify those divorces that entail high long- ...