Date of Award

7-22-2011

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jane Tram, PhD

Abstract

With divorce being so prevalent, researchers have focused on the possible negative effects for the individuals involved. The majority of this research has focused on the effects of divorce in Caucasian individuals. Research examining the impact of divorce in other ethnic groups has been sparse and resulted in conflicting information. The current study examines the impact of parental marital status on adult intimate relationship satisfaction in Latino individuals. Latino participants were administered a demographic questionnaire and the Couples Satisfaction Index (CSI; Funk & Rogge, 2007) via an online survey. Data was analyzed to determine whether there was a difference in CSI scores for participants with divorced or married parents. The study found no significant difference between the CSI scores of individuals with divorced or married parents. Although the findings from this study expand what we know about the impact of divorce on relationships in Latino populations, the results should be interpreted with caution due to the small sample size.

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