Family ties after divorce

Article#1: ‘Family ties after divorce: Long-term implications for children’
Key Research Questions:
This article targets on the long-term implication for the children whose parents
divorced in order to figure out what influence on the relationship between families,
Additionally, this article gave the data how parental divorced change their attitude to
families in a scientistic way.
Key Research Findings:
The finding of this article indicates that the long-term implication on children whose
parents got divorced is that the relationship between children and families from
father’s or mother’s sides and it is decided by the relationship between children and
their parents. However, after parents remarriage, most children got close relationship
with their stepparent because paerntal divorced made children realize the sense of
family, in addition, these children felt closer with their stepfather than their
stepmother. If the relationship between children and parents gets worse, the
relationship also with that side’s families, like stepmother and grandparents will get
worse, and this situation usually happen on fathers’ sides.
Ahrons, C. R. (2007). Family ties after divorce: Long-term implications for children.
Family Process, 46(1), 53-65. doi:
Article#2: ‘The effect of mid-life divorce on late adolescent and young adult
Key Research Questions:
This article focus on the children who are growing up or have grown up and
the effect of parents’ mid-life on them. Additionally, the difference and
similarity between fathers and mothers of children’s attitude after parental
divorced is listed and studied.
Key Research Findings:
The article indicates that it is easy for parents to get divorced in the mid-life because
of stable dissatisfaction since marriage’s beginning. Their children were growing up
during that situation, so the children had mature and positive thought to parental
divorced that only some children would have the difficulties adjusting the life.
However, the difference still existed, according to the data, children get closer with
mother than their father. When the children were growing up to an adult, the older
they were, the easier they can adjust the life after parental divorced.
Swartzman-Schatman, B., & Schinke, S. P. (1993). The effect of mid-life divorce on
late adolescent and young adult children. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 19(1-2),
209-218. Retrieved from
Key Research Questions:
This article targets on that how the communication between parents and children are
effected divorce. Although, divorce is also effected by many reason, like culture or
legislation, is divorce positive or negative to parent-child contact?
Key Research Findings:
The article demonstrates the statement that divorce has a negative impact on parent-child contact, and the impaction might be caused by change of social norm about
family relation. However, the negative influence can decrease with the time moving.
From the long term view, the contact is also influenced by age, gender, and education.
There is not an accurate conclusion for long-term influence and it is decided by
different family and individual background.
Albertini, M., & Garriga, A. (2011). THE EFFECT OF DIVORCE ON PARENT-CHILD CONTACTS. European Societies, 13(2), 257-278. doi:
Article#4: The divorce process and young children’s well-being: A prospective
Key Research Questions:
This article studies the relationship between marital disruption and child well-being.
What’s the self reason of children might also influence themselves’ well-being? This
article also studies differences between boys and girls.
Key Research Finding:
Totally, there are three ways to measure the effect of divorce on children’s well-being,
which is also associated with the difference between boys and girls. On the other
hand, age and gender are the self-factor of children to determine how they are
influenced by paerntal divorced. This article also showed that the effect of martial
dissolution decrease with the time moving. The difference between boys and girls is
resulted from the research that girls could be influenced less than boys.
Morrison, D. R., & Cherlin, A. J. (1995). The divorce process and young children’s
well-being: A prospective analysis. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57(3),
800-812. Retrieved from
Article#5: Effects of father and mother parenting on children’s mental health in high-and low-conflict divorces
Key Research Questions:
The research focuses on the how children’s mental health by parents’ divorce and
parents’ warmth. Additionally, high-conflict and low-conflict are respectively studied
in order to see children’s difference.
Key Research Finding:
According to the article, children’s mental health is related to three aspects: parent-child contact’s quantity, parental payment to children, and quality of the relationship.
Parents’ warmth is an index to show children’s mental health, and children’s mental
health is resulted from externalizing and internalizing problems. According to the
study, externalizing problems are associated with both of mother and father’s warmth
and children’s gender. On the other hand, internalizing problems are just relate dot
mother’s warmth. When parents are under high-conflict divorce, parents’ warmth is
more positive to children’s mental health than under low-conflict divorce.
Sandler, I., Miles, J., Cookston, J., & Braver, S. (2008). Effects of father and mother
parenting on children’s mental health in high- and low-conflict divorces. Family Court
Review, 46(2), 282-296. doi:
Part C:
Research questions comparison:
The topic that how parental divorced influence children is often under sociologists’
discussion. Nevertheless, social scientists begin to study in order to have a systematic
statement on this topic to draw the conclusion. These five articles are the study related
to children which is divided into different age and gender group effected by parental
divorced on parent-child contact, mental health and relationship with families, those
three parts.(Ahrons, 2007; Swartzman-Schatman&Schinke, 1993; Albertini&Garriga,
2011; Morrison&Cherlin, 1995; Sandler, Miles, Cookston&Braver, 2008)
Nonetheless, they developed this topic into several branches: both article#1 and
article #2 bring the similar concern directly: Does the age influence children how they
could be effected by parental divorced? However, article #1 focuses on the impact on
children’s relationship with families in the view of long-term, while article#2 focuses
on what their attitude to their attitude to parents soon after the divorced. (Ahrons,
2007; Swartzman-Schatman&Schinke, 1993) Furthermore, article#4 and article#5
targets on studying children mental health or well-being under parental divorced.
(Morrison&Cherlin, 1995; Sandler, Miles, Cookston&Braver, 2008) article#3 are
focused on parent-child contact separately, but it also can be included into parents’
payment to children. (Albertini&Garriga,2011)
Research Finding Comparison
Since the end of the last century, the number of divorced people is increasing,
children’s living environment changed. It is true that parental divorced influenced
children a lot. Mental health and well-being of children are the things effected most
and focused by social scientists. Social scientists draw that conclusion that under
parental divorced environment, boys need more parents warmth than girls and the
younger the child is the more parent warmth he or she needs. (Morrison&Cherlin,
1995; Sandler, Miles, Cookston&Braver, 2008) parent-child contact is as a special
method to convey parent warmth, divorced could make less communication between
parents and children, but with the time moving, children are becoming more and more
willing to connect with their parents.(Albertini&Garriga,2011) The situation above is
absolutely associated with article#1 and article#2, the age is an important factor for
children’s reaction to parental divorced because children are becoming more and more
mature when they are growing up, if kids get along well with their parents, although
parents get divorced, children will still keep close relationship with families and
realize the importance of sense of family.

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