Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Carol L. Patrick

Abstract

The present study examined whether adult children of high-conflict divorced families and adult children from high-conflict intact families would display more jealousy, a greater lack of trust, and more marital or intimate relational conflict in their own marriages or intimate relationships compared to adult offspring from divorced families with low-conflict and to adult offspring from low-conflict intact families. Participants were 171 students from a Midwestern state university. They completed a demographic information sheet, the Parent Conflict subscale (Bloom, 1985) that was altered to also be used as a partner conflict questionnaire, the Dyadic Trust Scale (Rempel. Holmes. & Zanna. 1985), and the Multidimensional Jealousy Scale (Pfeiffer & Wong, 1989). Overall, there was a significant difference among the four groups (high-conflict divorced, high-conflict intact, low-conflict divorced, and low-conflict intact). Those participants from low-conflict intact parents, had significantly less conflict and more trust within their relationships compared to those from high-conflict divorced parents and high-conflict married parents. Participants from low-conflict intact parents also showed less conflict in their personal relationships compared to those from low-conflict divorced parents.

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Copyright 2007 Jenny Marie Wilkerson

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