Bojana Puskar

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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Gregory Jurenec, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Divorce--Psychological aspects; Adjustment disorders in children; Marital relations


The association between the structure of the family and the adjustment of the child has been well-researched and the results have served the basis for divorce literature for the past five decades. In 1957, Nye suggested that child adjustment is a crucial factor affecting the socio-psychological success or failure of the family instead of the mere structure of the family. He noted that adolescents growing up in “broken" homes (i.e., those not residing with their biological parents) are more likely to present symptoms of psychosomatic illness, manifestations of delinquency and are better adjusted to parents than adolescents in unhappy unbroken homes. Nye concluded that society should re-assess and re-consider the traditional views of a broken home. Landis (1960) investigated children's perception of the level of family unhappiness as a determinant of adjustment. His findings suggested that an unhappy marriage had a more disturbing effect on children than divorce. Despite continued research on this issue, it remains unclear whether it is conflict or divorce, or some combination that affects later adjustment. In light of this research, the present study examined the association between the individual's perception of interparental conflict and adjustment of young adults enrolled at a local university. The study utilized the Ryff's Scales of Psychological Well Being (SPWB) to evaluate person's overall well being, and the Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC) to measure the degree of the parent's conflict from the young adult's point of view.


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