Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study was conducted to investigate the impact of parental divorce on such personality variables as global optimism and self-esteem, and attitudes toward love and marriage. Eighty-seven women and 48 men enrolled in a small, private university participated in this study. A questionnaire was developed specifically for this study which included Sheier and Carver's (1985) Life Orientation Test, Rosenberg's (1965) Self-Esteem Scale, and several other established measures. In addition, participants read five scenarios depicting couples on the verge of divorce and were asked to rate each impending divorce for its likelihood and its acceptability. Results indicated that all participants were fairly positive about their chances of having a successful marriage, as well as optimistic about their futures. Participants also seemed relatively neutral in their attitudes toward divorce in general, but seemed to become more "opinionated" when asked to rate specific cases involving divorce. Possible social implications are discussed regarding attitudes toward divorce, and the effect parental divorce seems to have on views of marriage and love.
BF1 .M63 v. 7 no. 1 & 2 2001
Bennett, Kymberley K.
"Divorce in the family: how does it affect personality and views of love and marriage?,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 7:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol7/iss1/3