Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Carol L. Patrick
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.
Copyright 2007 Jenny Marie Wilkerson
Wilkerson, Jenny Marie, "Differences in Conflict, Trust and Jealousy Measures Among Adult Children of Divorced and Intact Families with High and Low Conflict Levels" (2007). Master's Theses. 3047.