Reconsidering the “Good Divorce”
coparenting, divorce, divorce interventions, parent‐child relations
This study attempted to assess the notion that a “good divorce” protects children from the potential negative consequences of marital dissolution. A cluster analysis of data on postdivorce parenting from 944 families resulted in three groups: cooperative coparenting, parallel parenting, and single parenting. Children in the cooperative coparenting (good divorce) cluster had the smallest number of behavior problems and the closest ties to their fathers. Nevertheless, children in this cluster did not score significantly better than other children on 10 additional outcomes. These findings provide only modest support for the good divorce hypothesis.
Original Publication Citation
Paul R. Amato, Jennifer Buher-Kane, and Spencer L. James. 2011. “Reconsidering the ‘Good Divorce’.” Family Relations 60(5): 511-524
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Amato, Paul R.; Kane, Jennifer B.; and James, Spencer L., "Reconsidering the “Good Divorce”" (2011). All Faculty Publications. 2641.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© 2011 by the National Council on Family Relations