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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

7

Number

1 & 2

Page Numbers

pages 7-19

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2001

Abstract

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.

Subject

Psychology

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

13 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 7 no. 1 & 2 2001

Rights

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