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1101 Morrill Hall

About the Presentation

Dr. Connie Gager will discuss a project written with colleagues Dr. Yabiku, Dr. Linver and Dr. Pax.  In this research, the aim is to understand the long term impacts of how parental conflict and marital status influence adult child relational conflict. Specifically, they examine the effect of parents’ marital status (single, cohabiting, married, divorced) and conflict when children are young on these same children’s conflict within current cohabiting or marital unions when they are adults. Using waves 1 and 2 of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), they construct a history of parent relationship conflict and union status. They use NSFH wave 3 to capture their main outcome variables, adult children’s reports of their level of disagreement with their current partner. They find that children with high conflict parents in their childhood report higher partner conflict themselves as adults approximately 15 years later. The key finding is that children who had high conflict parents report less conflict in their own adult relationship, if their parents ended their cohabiting or marital relationship compared to children from high conflict families whose parents remained together through the 6 years between waves 1 and 2. This research suggests that for high conflict families “staying together for the sake of the children” may have more adverse consequences for adult children’s relationships compared to parental dissolution.

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