Fifteen years after parental divorce: mental health and experienced life-events
2009 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, Vol. 63, no 1, 32-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The children who experienced their parents divorce when the divorce rate in Sweden had begun to grow to higher levels than in preceding decades are today adults. The aim of this study was to investigate if adults who had experienced parental divorce 15 years before the time of our study, differed in mental health from those with continuously married parents, taking into account life events other than the divorce. Instruments used were the Symptom Checklist (SCL-90) measuring mental health and the Life Event questionnaire capturing the number and experience of occurred events. Forty-eight persons, who were 7-18 years old when their parents divorced, constituted the divorce group, and 48 persons matched on age, sex and growth environment formed the study groups. The SCL-90 showed a limited difference between the groups, but not concerning total mental health. A main finding was a difference with regard to sex and age; women aged 22-27 in the divorce group displayed poorer mental health than other participants in both groups. The results from the Life Event questionnaire showed that the divorce group had experienced a significantly larger number of events, and more life events were described as negative with difficult adjustment. A regression analysis showed a significant relation between the SCL-90, Global Severity Index and life events experienced as negative with difficult adjustment, divorce events excluded, but not with the divorce itself. It seems highly desirable to pay more attention than has thus far been paid to girls with experience of childhood divorce at age 7-12.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 63, no 1, 32-43 p.
Age differences, Gender differences, Life-events, Mental well-being, Parental divorce
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16725DOI: 10.1080/08039480802098386OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16725DiVA: diva2:160507
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Teresia Ängarne-Lindberg and Marie Wadsby, Fifteen years after parental divorce: mental health and experienced life-events, 2009, NORDIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, (63), 1, 32-43.
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