Over the last 30 years divorce has become a common institution in our culture, yet reactions about children with divorced parents continue to be negative. This study investigates variables that may be related to the beliefs individuals hold about children with divorced parents including locus of control, belief in a just world, authoritarianism, and parental martial status. One hundred students from Introduction to Psychology and Psychology of Adjustment courses at the University of Northern Iowa participated in this study. Eight-two useable surveys were collected. Only parental martial status correlated significantly with beliefs individuals hold about children with divorced parents (r = -.42). Participants whose own parents were married rated children with divorced parents more negatively than participants whose own parents were divorced. The results from this study indicate that the only factor tested that determines beliefs about children with divorced parents is an individual's own experience.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©1998 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Watson, Lanette M.
"Beliefs about Children of Divorce,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 37.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/37