Sense of coherence in young adults with and without childhood experience of parental divorce
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Aim: A number of studies show variability in children’s response to parental divorce. The intent of the present study was to look at personal resources as one possible factor explaining differences in mental health among young adults with childhood experience of parental divorce. This factor is examined by also taking into account the effect of traumatic experiences other than the possibly traumatic parental divorce. Method: A group of persons with childhood experience of parental divorce (divorce group) was compared to a group without this experience, a non-divorce group consisting of persons of the same gender and age and living in the same locations as those in the divorce group. Personal resources were defined in this study as “Sense of Coherence” (SOC) measured with SOC-29, and mental health was assessed by the SCL-90 index General Severity Index (GSI). Traumatic life events were accounted for by using Life Incidence of Traumatic Events (LITE). Results: The results showed a significant connection between a strong SOC-29 and good mental health SCL-90/GSI, but no significant connection between SOC-29 and LITE, and the same pattern was seen in both the divorce and the non-divorce group. Conclusion: Personal resources measured as strong sense of coherence seem to be important in retaining a good mental health and the capacity to deal with life incidences such as parental divorce.
Parental divorce, personal resourses, mental health, traumatic life events
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54626OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54626DiVA: diva2:306012
ProjectsGrown-up children of divorce: Experiences and health