Marital Status, Divorce, and Child Development

Colleen M. Carr, Sharlene Wolchik

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


A significant proportion of children and adolescents experience parental divorce, and much research has focused on the impact of divorce on children's adjustment outcomes. This article reviews data on the prevalence of divorce and changes in divorce rates over time, summarizes results of literature on children's postdivorce adjustment outcomes, discusses societal costs of parental divorce, outlines theories of the effects of parental divorce, and describes factors associated with children's responses to parental divorce. The article concludes with a discussion of interventions shown to prevent or reduce children's postdivorce adjustment problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Externalizing
  • Internalizing
  • Interparental conflict
  • Parenting
  • Post-divorce adjustment
  • Preventive interventions
  • Protective factors
  • Risk factors
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Marital Status, Divorce, and Child Development'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this