By Christy M. Buchanan

When their mom and dad divorce, a few teenagers falter and others thrive. This booklet asks why. Is it the custody association? A parent's new associate? Conflicts or consistency among the 2 families? Adolescents after Divorce follows kids from 1,100 divorcing households to find what makes the variation. concentrating on a interval starting 4 years after the divorce, the authors have the articulate, usually insightful support in their matters in exploring the altered stipulations in their lives.

These young children come from quite a lot of backgrounds. a few are functioning good. a few are faring poorly. The authors research the total number of occasions within which those childrens locate themselves as soon as the preliminary disruption has passed--whether mom and dad remarry or repartner, how mom and dad relate to one another and to their teenagers, and the way existence in houses is built-in. sure findings emerge--for example, we see that remarried new companions have been larger accredited than cohabiting new companions. And whilst mom and dad' kinfolk are amicable, teenagers in twin custody are much less most likely than different young people to event loyalty conflicts. The authors additionally think about the consequences of visitation preparations, the calls for made and the pursuits set inside of each one domestic, and the emotional closeness of the residential mother or father to the child.

A gold mine of knowledge on a subject matter that touches such a lot of american citizens, this research should be the most important for researchers, counselors, legal professionals, judges, and parents.

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Summary Although it is possible that there are somewhat more adolescents in our sample who are showing signs of significant depression than would be true of a sample of adolescents from nondivorced families, it is our judgment that the majority of our adolescents fall within a "normal" range of adjustment. This conclusion is consistent with other current assessments of adolescents whose families have experienced divorce (Amato and Keith, 1991; Barber and Lyons, 1994; Kelly, 1993). In terms of deviance, school performance, personal resources, relationships with parents, and adaptation to their residential and visitation arrangements, adolescent self-reports were typically positive.

We begin by examining how well the adolescents in each arrangement are adapting to their life situation-in other words, how they score on various measures of adjustment. Weare aware, of course, that different residential arrangements can emerge under widely varying circumstances, so that a simple comparison of adolescent adjustment by type of arrangement can be misleading. Certain types of 45 46 COMPARING RESIDENTIAL ARRANGEMENTS families or children may select certain arrangements, and these preexisting characteristics may, in tum, affect the way in which the arrangements work out for the adolescents.

It is important to note, however, that the sample covers a wide range of households, from the very poor to the wealthy. We did not obtain information about ethnicity directly from the adolescents, but we did have information about the ethnicity of both parents. In 73 percent of the families, both parents were non-Hispanic White; in 7 percent both were Hispanic; in 4 percent both were Asian; and in 2 percent both were African-American. In 14 percent of the families, the two parents were from different ethnic groups.

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