Divorce is a part of my life... Resilience, survival, and vulnerability: Young adults' perception of the implications of parental divorce

Dorit Eldar-Avidan*, Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Charles W. Greenbaum

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Abstract

A qualitative study among 22 young adults (20-25 years old) whose parents divorced during their childhood was conducted in Israel, using semi-structured, in-depth, open-ended interviews. Qualitative data analysis led to identification of three profiles, aiming at a grounded theoretical conceptualization. Three core themes were identified: the centrality of the family; short- and long-term implications of parental divorce and its relations to supportive coping resources; and perspective at young adulthood. Further analysis led to typifying participants by three profiles, which represent the grounded theoretical conceptualizations: resilience, survival, and vulnerability. The most prominent difference among the profiles was the relationships between participants and their parents, and their perception of ongoing parental responsibility. A thorough discussion of the results and their implications for future research, theory development, and practice are presented.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)30-46
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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