Some young adults reported relationships with fathers that had faded or disengaged, not because of fathers problem behavior or lack of effort, but because fathers had moved away (Arditti & Prouty, 1999).This evidence may suggest that parental involvement may be a more significant factor on the attitudes children develop towards their parents after divorce than divorce alone.From a sociological perspective, this may also be in part due to lower education and SES, which limits educational and other financial resources.Children from divorced households have also been found to have poor interaction with their fathers and mothers (Zill, 1993).Survey questions measured attitudes concerning trust in friends, parents, and relationship partners.The results were evaluated to determine if parental divorce had impact on trust in adult relationships.Abstract The increasing prevalence of divorce in this country has become a major concern for social scientists.This study attempted to determine what ramifications this trend might have regarding trust for adult children of divorce.
However, research that evaluated children of divorce showed a more positive relationship with mothers than with their father; in fact, research suggests that often the relationship with the father is endangered (Van Schaick & Stolberg, 2001).
Researchers of children of divorce are beginning to examine the far reaching and unexpected legacy of divorce in our society.
Since there is conflicting data in current research regarding relationships of parents and children of divorce, hopefully, this study may help indicate how levels of trust are generalized towards parents and other intimate relationships.
This leaves a gap in the parental model that serves as the relationship template for all future relationships in life.
As these children of divorce reach adulthood they have been shown to have problems with psychological well-being and relationships (Franklin, Janoff-Bullman, & Roberts, 1990).
Feelings of apprehension towards marriage are due, at least in part, to witnessing parental divorce and remembering the pain that it caused (Johnston & Thomas, 1996).