The present study examined the relationship between post-divorce interparental conflict and adolescent attitudes about marriage, as well as how maternal disclosures and adolescent gender may moderate that relationship. Respondents were 194 mother-adolescent pairs, recruited from divorce records in central and southern Arizona, with the age of the adolescents ranging from 11 to 17 years (M = 14 years, 5 months; SD = 21 months). Findings indicate that higher post-divorce interparental conflict is significantly predictive of more negative attitudes about marriage among adolescents. In addition, this association was exacerbated by maternal disclosures about financial concerns, but for female adolescents only. Possible reasons for the gender difference in the moderating effect of maternal disclosures about finances, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.
- Attitudes about marriage
- Intergenerational transmission
- Interparental conflict
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