Date Approved

5-2-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Epifanio, Frank

Subject(s)

Children of divorced parents; Interpersonal relations in young adults

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the differences in quality and quantity of friendships in young adults with divorced parents compared to young adults from intact families. To identify this, college students (n=25) from a Mid-Atlantic University filled out a questionnaire related to friendship. The participants who fell into the divorced group (n= 7) filled out an additional questionnaire that examined the impact that parental divorce had on their life. Using a t test to compare the friendship scores, it was found that there was no significant difference in the quality of friendships of the participants from both groups. However, the quantity of friendships did show a correlation with the intactness of a participant's family.

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