This thesis explores the effect of parental divorce on young adults' attitudes toward marriage and relationships. In-depth interviews were conduscted with 20 Caucasian students at the College of Wooster, half of whom came from intact families and half of whom had divorced parents. The interviewees were questioned about family background, relationship history, attitudes toward those relationships and expectations with regards to relationships and marriage. Results show that there is not a direct relationship between parental divorce and attitudes toward marriage and relationships. Future research is suggested, including a larger, and more diverse sample that differ along the lines of religion, socio-economic class, and geographical region.


McConnell, David


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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