The pervasiveness of divorce attracts the attention of researchers in many fields. The purpose of this literature review is to summarize and synthesize major themes regarding the adjustment outcomes (the process and outcomes of adaptation to new circumstances) of divorce from current psychological literature. These themes are divided into two distinct age groups far contrast and comparison: young children and adolescents. Review and analysis of the literature revealed unique internalized and externalized outcomes far each age group. Young children showed an ability to comprehend but not cope with problems and an inability to deal with affect, which most often leads to internalized adjustment outcomes. Adolescents tended to show more serious adjustment outcomes-such as depression, anger, anxiety, and behavioral problems. Boys showed more externalized adjustment outcomes, while girls showed more internalized. Individuals at all ages experience unique adjustment outcomes due to age and level of psychological development.

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