Kianna Zimmer, Raisa Lane, Emma Sherwood, Emily McAtee
Sarah Feeney (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Previous literature has found that healthy parent-child relationships are less common among children who experience dissolution of their parents’ relationship. Few studies have examined how parental relationship dissolution might contribute to children experiencing more satisfaction in their relationship with one parent over the other in emerging adulthood. The goal of this study is to determine whether disparity in parent-child relationship satisfaction among emerging adults differs between those who have and have not experienced parent relationship dissolution. Data from this study was collected through an online survey platform (Qualtrics) and was distributed on various social media sites. Participants (N = 309) were on average twenty-two years old and thirty-three percent had experienced the dissolution of their parents’ relationship. The results from this study indicated that those who experienced dissolution of a parental relationship reported greater disparity between parents in terms of satisfaction with their relationship. Findings suggest that families may benefit from support as they undergo dissolution in order to preserve or enhance parent-child relationships, and that future research should examine how conflict plays a role in creating disparity in parent-child relationship satisfaction.
Keywords: Parent-Child Relationship Satisfaction, Emerging Adults, Relationship Dissolution