How do divorced and intact families differ? Is there a link between parental divorce and child adjustment? How do parents and children in divorced families interact differently from those in intact families?
Offering insights on these and other questions, the contributors begin by presenting a model of the impact parental divorce has on child development. They emphasize the ways in which family structure, differences in stress and parental adjustment account for the fact that children of divorced parents show more conduct and emotional problems than do those from intact families. The subsequent chapters test the various components of the model.
Preface - Ronald L Simons PART ONE: INTRODUCTION The Effect of Divorce on Adult and Child Adjustment - Ronald L Simons The Sample, Data Collection Procedures, and Measures - Ronald L Simons PART TWO: MATERNAL STRESS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING Family Structure Differences in Stress and Behavioral Predispositions - Ronald L Simons, Christine Johnson, and Frederick O Lorenz Family Structure and Mother's Depression - Frederick O Lorenz, Ronald L Simons, and Wei Chao PART THREE: FAMILY INTERACTION Mother's Parenting - Ronald L Simons and Christine Johnson Father's Parenting - Ronald L Simons and Jay Beaman Sibling Relationships - Rand D Conger and Katherine J Conger PART FOUR: CHILD OUTCOMES Conduct Problems - Ronald L Simons and Wei Chao Adolescent Sexual Intercourse - Les B Whitbeck, Ronald L Simons, and Elizabeth Goldberg Adolescent Depressed Mood - Rand D Conger and Wei Chao Academic Performance and Future Aspirations - Glen H Elder Jr and Stephen T Russell PART FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS Theoretical and Policy Implications of the Findings - Ronald L Simons