Predictors of children's postdivorce adjustment

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1989 Oct;59(4):605-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb02750.x.


Six hypotheses to explain how divorce may affect the trajectory of child development were tested using standardized measures and sociodemographic data. Correlational and multiple regression analyses revealed that the parent adjustment hypothesis received the strongest support. Boys appeared sensitive to events and behavior in their mothers' lives, while girls seemed attuned to mothers' internal states.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Divorce*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Paternal Deprivation
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Tests
  • Socioeconomic Factors