Howe-Huist, Elizabeth S. (2018). Dissolution pathways and mother-child relationship quality among adolescents. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.
Families consisting of two-married parents and their biological offspring, while still the majority, have become increasingly less common. The rise of divorce over the last several decades has led researchers to begin focusing on the well-being of children following the divorce of their biological parents. While previous research has looked at the effect of divorce on child outcomes, less is known about the well-being of children who experience other dissolution pathways. Using data from Wave I and Wave II of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, I assess the change in mother-child relationship quality following the divorce of an adolescent’s mother from their biological father, the adolescent’s stepparent, and the dissolution of the mother’s cohabiting relationship. Descriptive findings show mother-child relationship quality declines across all dissolution pathways. Preliminary evidence also suggests maternal availability decreases while adolescent autonomy increases between the two waves.
divorce mother-child relationships stepfamilies
Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Children and youth
Howe-Huist, Elizabeth S.
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