Money matters: Young adults' perception of the economic consequences of their parents' divorce

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

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A qualitative study examined the perceptions of 22 Israeli young adults (ages 20-25) of childhood parental divorce. Respondents discussed their experiences, including economic consequences of the divorce. Results related to the practical aspect of economic decline, to economic issues as embodiment of parental conflicts, and to children's emotional and practical roles connected to economic changes. Children's understanding and coping with financial issues are related to three profiles of overall adjustment identified in this study-resilience, survival, and vulnerability. Resilient young adults interpreted as empowering their understanding and coping; the survivors recognized their efforts as meaningful but burdensome; and vulnerable participants felt that economic changes caused a heavy financial and emotional price. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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Acknowledgements This paper is based on some of the results presented in Dr. Dorit Eldar-Avidan’s Ph.D. dissertation project. The study was partially funded by the Miriam Pelton Fund, the Henry Zucker Fund, the Martin and Vivian Levin Center for the Normal and Psychopathological Development of the Child and Adolescent (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and by a scholarship from the Ministry of Social Affairs in Israel.


  • Child support
  • Children of divorce
  • Consequences of divorce
  • Parent-child relations
  • Resilience


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