Nasty Divorces' Silver Lining?

Beverly Willet, The Daily Beast, 5/19/2012

The finding was included in a working paper released last month by the late Norval Glenn, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, which sought to assess just how "good" the "good divorce" is for children... The researchers' most startling discovery was that daughters of bad divorces were more likely than daughters of good divorces to report, to a statistically significant degree, that they had achieved a "good quality, lasting first marriage"... The reasons for these findings haven't been fully investigated – and to be sure, they are preliminary – but Glenn guesses that children of nasty divorces may be highly motivated to avoid their own marital failures, or remain optimistic by blaming their parents personally rather than the institution of marriage itself.

Subjects: Marriage, Divorce, Children of divorce


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