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Young adults with childhood experience of parental divorce: Disappointment and contentment
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2009 (English)In: Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, ISSN 1050-2556, E-ISSN 1540-4811, Vol. 50, no 3, 172-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to use in-depth interviews to identify and describe experiences of parental divorce among adult children whose parents divorced 15 years earlier. Ten out of 76 interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim, and data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Two categories of experiences were identified: disappointment and contentment. Two subcategories of disappointment were distinguished: disappointment toward mother, father, or both, and disappointment with relatives and other surrounding persons. Four subcategories of contentment were distinguished: contentment in the belief that the members of the original family received a good or even better life after the divorce, contentment with how the divorce was handled by the parents, contentment and inner strength as a part of the child's own personality, and contentment with receiving adequate help during and after the parental divorce.

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Routledge , 2009. Vol. 50, no 3, 172-184 p.
Keyword [en]
Parental divorce, qualitative content analysis, disappointment, contentment
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54627DOI: 10.1080/10502550902717749OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54627DiVA: diva2:306015
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Grown-up children of divorce: Expereinces and health
Available from: 2010-03-26 Created: 2010-03-26 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Grown-up children of divorce: Experiences and health
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The comprehensive purpose of the thesis was to study the health and experiences, with a main focus on mental health, of a group of grown-up children of divorced parents in comparison to a group of persons without this experience. Mental health, experienced life events, narratives of divorce related experiences and personal resources were therefore examined in a group of young adults (age 22-33 years) whose parents divorced 15 years before the start of the first three studies. In addition to this, the presence of a child/adolescent and/or an adult psychiatric record and ten years of diagnosed physical health visits in the same but extended group (age 21-38 years) was examined 20 years after parental divorce. The outcomes of these examinations were compared with the outcomes of a group with married parents still living together, matched with the divorce group on age gender and living area. The results showed no major differences in mental health between the divorce and the non-divorce group, with the exception of women age 22-27 showing poorer mental health than the others in the study. Personal resources in this case SOC (Sense of Coherence) followed the same pattern, with no significant differences between the divorce and the non-divorce group, but with women age 22-27 showing lower SOC. The experiences/narratives told by the divorce group fell into one of two categories: one disappointment, the other contentment, with the first indicating non-optimal chances for adjustment to parental divorce and the other good. The run-through of psychiatric records showed no significant differences between the number of persons in need of adult psychiatric care in the divorce and the non-divorce group. A significant difference was present, however, in child- and adolescent psychiatric care pointing to a larger need for psychiatric care in the divorce group, a need most pronounced among girls. As concerned the number of diagnosed physical health care visits, only small differences between the groups were found. The main conclusion of the study was that experience of parental divorce in childhood is not found for a majority to be an experience determining poorer mental or somatic health in young adulthood.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. 58 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1173
Keyword
Parental divorce, mental health, somtic health, narratives
National Category
Psychiatry
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54630 (URN)978-91-7393-428-2 (ISBN)
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2010-04-29, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-03-30 Created: 2010-03-26 Last updated: 2010-03-30Bibliographically approved

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