Author(s)

Melissa D'Agostino

Date Approved

5-27-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Adult children of divorced parents;Intimacy (Psychology)

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the occurrence of parental divorce resulted in negative views and experiences regarding the romantic relationships of the offspring. Four surveys were administered to undergraduate students enrolled in psychology courses at Rowan University. The first survey was used for informational purposes to group participants into two group (those from intact families and those from non-intact families) and to determine the current relationship status of all participants. The following three surveys addressed avoidant behaviors, anxiety level, the presence of conflict, and satisfaction regarding past or present romantic relationships. The data was analyzed for correlations. No significant differences were found between the two groups.

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