Date of Award

7-22-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Jane Tram, Ph.D.

Abstract

With divorce being so prevalent, researchers have focused on the possible negative effects for the children involved. The majority of this research has only focused on the effects of divorce in Caucasian American individuals. Specifically, there is sparse research that examines the relationship quality of the children of divorced parents in various minority ethnic groups. The author chose to review the relevant literature by focusing on the connections between the variables of divorce, ethnicity, and relationship quality, with the intent to develop a comprehensive understanding and critical review of the intersection of all three variables (how divorce affects relationship quality across ethnicity). The review found that, due to conflicting information, more research is needed to come to a conclusion of whether divorce negatively affects intimate relationship quality across ethnicity.

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