Relationship paradigms and parental divorce: investigating the experiences of adult children from divorced families

dc.contributor.authorRuble, Stacy Markeren
dc.contributor.departmentFamily Studiesen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:45:57Zen
dc.date.adate2008-09-18en
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:45:57Zen
dc.date.issued1996en
dc.date.rdate2008-09-18en
dc.date.sdate2008-09-18en
dc.description.abstractThis study addresses the intimate relationships of college students whose parents are divorced. Twenty-one students completed in-depth interviews and written surveys regarding their relationships with their parents, their parents’ marriages, their own intimate relationships, and relationships in general. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of these students, and note if any connections can be made between the divorce of their parents and their own relationships, or their feelings about relationships in general. The experiences of the students were quite diverse, but with some common threads. The amount of conflict witnessed, and how the divorce was discussed, seemed to have greater impact on this study's participants than the divorce itself did. A number of students were actually in favor of the divorce due to the high level of conflict between their parents. In their relationships, most study participants avoided conflict. There seemed to be some lack of faith in love and marriage, although most students voiced a desire for both. The divorce seemed to have greater impact on the father-child relationship more so than the mother-child relationship. There needs to be further examination of the intimate relationships of adults with parents who are divorced through a comparison to a control group to determine if the experiences described here are specific to those persons with divorced parents. There also needs to be an examination of a more diverse sample, i.e. greater variance in age, economic status and race.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.format.extentviii, 108, 2 leavesen
dc.format.mediumBTDen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.otheretd-09182008-063222en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-09182008-063222/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/44799en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1996.R835.pdfen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 39849238en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1996.R835en
dc.titleRelationship paradigms and parental divorce: investigating the experiences of adult children from divorced familiesen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
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