Keywords

Commitment, Emerging adulthood, Intergenerational transmission of divorce, Parental conflict, Parental divorce

Abstract

Parental divorce and parental conflict influence children across multiple domains, including risk of divorce in their own marriages. However, parental conflict and divorce, both separately and the interaction between the two, have not often been studied in premarital relationships, especially when considering possible mechanisms mediating these effects. In a large sample of emerging adults (N = 353), we show that when the most plausible mediating mechanisms are simultaneously considered, only relational commitment mediates the influence of parental conflict on outcomes. Parental conflict in the absence of divorce was associated with less commitment and, in turn, less relationship satisfaction and stability in emerging adult children’s romantic relationships, whereas parental conflict was unrelated to outcomes for children whose parents divorced. Implications for theory and preventive interventions are discussed

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Springer Science+Business Media New York

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

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Psychology Commons

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