Interesting Divorce Science Research 2010


For a quick overview of some of the divorce science published in 2010, here is the Top Findings in Divorce Research at Huffington Post.

Below are the citations for some of the most noteworthy publications.

Altenhofen, S., Sutherland, K., & Biringen, Z. (2010). Families experiencing divorce: Age at onset of overnight stays, conflict, and emotional availability as predictors of child attachment. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(3), 141-156. doi:10.1080/10502551003597782

Amato, P. R. (2010). Research on divorce: Continuing trends and new developments. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(3), 650-666. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00723.x

Amato, P. R., & Dorius, C. (2010). Fathers, children, and divorce. In M. E. Lamb (Ed.), The role of the father in child development (5th ed.). (pp. 177-200). Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Ängarne-Lindberg, T., & Wadsby, M. (2009). Fifteen years after parental divorce: Mental health and experienced life-events. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 63(1), 32-43. doi:10.1080/08039480802098386

August, K. J., & Sorkin, D. H. (2010). Marital status and gender differences in managing a chronic illness: The function of health-related social control. Social Science & Medicine, 71(10), 1831-1838. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.08.022

Barczak, B., Miller, T. W., Veltkamp, L. J., Barczak, S., Hall, C., & Kraus, R. (2010). Transitioning the impact of divorce on children throughout the life cycle. In T. W. Miller (Ed.), Handbook of stressful transitions across the lifespan. (pp. 185-215). New York, NY, US: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0748-6_10

Baxter, J., Haynes, M., & Hewitt, B. (2010). Pathways into marriage: Cohabitation and the domestic division of labor. Journal of Family Issues, 31(11), 1507-1529. doi:10.1177/0192513X10365817

Beaulieu, M., & Messner, S. F. (2010). Assessing changes in the effect of divorce rates on homicide rates across large U.S. cities, 1960-2000: Revisiting the chicago school. Homicide Studies, 14(1), 24-51.

Birditt, K. S., Brown, E., Orbuch, T. L., & McIlvane, J. M. (2010). Marital conflict behaviors and implications for divorce over 16 years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1188-1204.

Brauner-Otto, S. R., & Axinn, W. G. (2010). Parental family experiences, the timing of first sex, and contraception. Social Science Research, 39(6), 875-893. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.06.015

Brotherson, S. E., White, J., & Masich, C. (2010). Parents forever: An assessment of the perceived value of a brief divorce education program. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(8), 465-490. doi:10.1080/10502556.2010.504095

Burgoyne, C. B., Reibstein, J., Edmunds, A. M., & Routh, D. A. (2010). Marital commitment, money and marriage preparation: What changes after the wedding?20(5), 390-403. doi:10.1002/casp.1045

Changed economic circumstances after divorce. (2010). American Journal of Family Law, 24(4), 227-228.

Chu, S. Y., Goodwin, M. M., & D’Angelo, D. V. (2010). Physical violence against U.S. women around the time of pregnancy, 2004–2007. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38(3), 317-322. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2009.11.013 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20171534

Physical violence during pregnancy can be harmful to mothers and their children.  It is estimated that between 4-9% of pregnant women experience violence from their partners.  A recent study conducted by the CDC looked at intimate partner violence in more detail.  Based on reports from about 135,000 women in 27 states, the researchers examined the extent of violence and the characteristics of the abusers and their living circumstances.  The findings indicated that former partners (4.5%) were more likely to be violent than current partners (3.5%).  Women who were recently separated or divorced were substantially more likely to experience violence during their pregnancy (12%) compared to women whose marriages had not broken up (less than 2%).  These findings indicate the importance of screening pregnant women about violence from both former and current partners.  It is also important to have programs and services available to women who are identified to prevent further violence.

DeBoard-Lucas, R. L., Fosco, G. M., Raynor, S. R., & Grych, J. H. (2010). Interparental conflict in context: Exploring relations between parenting processes and children’s conflict appraisals. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39(2), 163-175. doi:10.1080/15374410903532593

DeGarmo, D. S. (2010). Coercive and prosocial fathering, antisocial personality, and growth in children’s postdivorce noncompliance. Child Development, 81(2), 503-516. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01410.x

Doyle, M., O’Dywer, C., & Timonen, V. (2010). ‘How can you just cut off a whole side of the family and say move on?’ the reshaping of paternal grandparent-grandchild relationships following divorce or separation in the middle generation. Family Relations, 59(5), 587-598. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00625.x

Dzara, K. (2010). Assessing the effect of marital sexuality on marital disruption. Social Science Research, 39(5), 715-724. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.06.003  HuffPost

Faber, A. J., & Wittenborn, A. K. (2010). The role of attachment in children’s adjustment to divorce and remarriage. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 21(2), 89-104. doi:10.1080/08975353.2010.483625

Fabricius, W. V., Braver, S. L., Diaz, P., & Velez, C. E. (2010). Custody and parenting time: Links to family relationships and well-being after divorce. In M. E. Lamb (Ed.), The role of the father in child development (5th ed.). (pp. 201-240). Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Fabricius, W. V., Braver, S. L., Diaz, P., & Velez, C. E. (2010). Custody and parenting time: Links to family relationships and well-being after divorce. In M. E. Lamb (Ed.), (pp. 201-240). Hoboken, NJ, US: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Fidler, B. J., & Bala, N. (2010). Children resisting postseparation contact with a parent: Concepts, controversies, and conundrums. Family Court Review, 48(1), 10-47. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1617.2009.01287.x

Fidler, B. J., & Bala, N. (2010). Guest editors’ introduction to special issue on alienated children in divorce and separation: Emerging approaches for families and courts. Family Court Review, 48(1), 6-9. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1617.2009.01286.x

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S. J. (2010). The divided world of the child: Divorce and long-term psychosocial adjustment. Family Court Review, 48(3), 516-527. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1617.2010.01326.x

Flouri, E. (2010). Fathers’ behaviors and children’s psychopathology. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(3), 363-369. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2010.01.004

Gelatt, V. A., Adler-Baeder, F., & Seeley, J. R. (2010). An interactive web-based program for stepfamilies: Development and evaluation of efficacy. Family Relations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 59(5), 572-586. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00624.x

Ghazarian, S. R., & Buehler, C. (2010). Interparental conflict and academic achievement: An examination of mediating and moderating factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(1), 23-35. doi:10.1007/s10964-008-9360-1 http://www.uncg.edu/hdf/facultystaff/Buehler/parenting/interparental%20academic%20achievement.pdf

One of the most consistent findings is the link between divorce and marital conflict and children’s difficulties in school.  Despite this finding scientists know relatively little about the mechanisms that cause these results and the factors that might prevent these outcomes.  Sharon Ghazarian and Cheryl Buehler recently reported on a study that provides new insight into these issues.  Based on a sample of over 2,000 sixth grade boys and girls, these researchers measured marital conflict, parent-child relationships, children’s academic achievement and children’s coping with their parents’ disagreements.  Their findings indicated that that the way that parental conflict affects young people is through their children’s feelings of self-blame for the conflict.  Youth interpret their parents’ conflicts as stressful and they are more likely to blame themselves by these experiences.  The researchers also found that self-blame could be reduced by an emotionally close and supportive relationship with their mothers.  These results were similar for girls and boys.   These findings suggest the importance of helping children understand parental conflict and developing coping strategies that do not involve blaming oneself.  Supportive parents and other caring adults also crucial to helping young people whose parents are in conflict.

Gibson-Davis, C. M., & Gassman-Pines, A. (2010). Early childhood family structure and mother–child interactions: Variation by race and ethnicity. Developmental Psychology, 46(1), 151-164. doi:10.1037/a0017410

Glenn, N. D., Uecker, J. E., & Love, R. W. B. (2010). Later first marriage and marital success. Social Science Research, 39(5), 787-800. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.06.002

Goodman, A., & Koupil, I. (2010). The effect of school performance upon marriage and long-term reproductive success in 10,000 swedish males and females born 1915–1929. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(6), 425-435. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.06.002

Hahlweg, K., & Richter, D. (2010). Prevention of marital instability and distress. results of an 11-year longitudinal follow-up study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(5), 377-383. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2009.12.010

Hahlweg, K., & Richter, D. (2010). Prevention of marital instability and distress. results of an 11-year longitudinal follow-up study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48(5), 377-383. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2009.12.010

Hartley, S. L., Barker, E. T., Seltzer, M. M., Floyd, F., Greenberg, J., Orsmond, G., & Bolt, D. (2010). The relative risk and timing of divorce in families of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(4), 449-457. doi:10.1037/a0019847

Hatton, C., Emerson, E., Graham, H., Blacher, J., & Llewellyn, G. (2010). Changes in family composition and marital status in families with a young child with cognitive delay. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(1), 14-26. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2009.00543.x

Heifetz, M., Connolly, J., Pepler, D., & Craig, W. (2010). Family divorce and romantic relationships in early adolescence. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(6), 366-378. doi:10.1080/10502551003652157

Hogan, P. F., & Seifert, R. F. (2010). Marriage and the military: Evidence that those who serve marry earlier and divorce earlier. Armed Forces & Society (0095327X), 36(3), 420-438.

Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Applegate, A. G., D’onofrio, B., & Bates, J. (2010). Child informed mediation study (CIMS): Incorporating the children’s perspective into divorce mediation in an american pilot study. Journal of Family Studies, 16(2), 116-129.

Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Applegate, A. G., D’Onofrio, B., & Bates, J. (2010). Child informed mediation study (CIMS): Incorporating the children’s perspective into divorce mediation in an american pilot study. Journal of Family Studies, 16(2), 116-129. doi:10.5172/jfs.16.2.116

Hornberger, L. B., Zabriskie, R. B., & Freeman, P. (2010). Contributions of family leisure to family functioning among single-parent families. Leisure Sciences, 32(2), 143-161. doi:10.1080/01490400903547153

Huurre, T., Lintonen, T., Kaprio, J., Pelkonen, M., Marttunen, M., & Aro, H. (2010). Adolescent risk factors for excessive alcohol use at age 32 years. A 16-year prospective follow-up study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 45(1), 125-134. doi:10.1007/s00127-009-0048-y

Ide, N., Wyder, M., Kolves, K., & De Leo, D. (2010). Separation as an important risk factor for suicide: A systematic review. Journal of Family Issues, 31(12), 1689-1716. doi:10.1177/0192513X10365317

Isen, A., & Stevenson, B. (2010). Women’s education and family behavior: Trends in marriage, divorce and fertility. NBER working paper no. 15725.National Bureau of Economic Research. 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398. Tel: 617-588-0343; Web site: http://www.nber.org.

Jerskey, B. A., Panizzon, M. S., Jacobson, K. C., Neale, M. C., Grant, M. D., Schultz, M., . . . Lyons, M. J. (2010). Marriage and divorce: A genetic perspective. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 473-478. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.05.007

Jerskey, B. A., Panizzon, M. S., Jacobson, K. C., Neale, M. C., Grant, M. D., Schultz, M., . . . Lyons, M. J. (2010). Marriage and divorce: A genetic perspective. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 473-478. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.05.007

Kalil, A., Ziol-Guest, K. M., & Epstein, J. L. (2010). Nonstandard work and marital instability: Evidence from the national longitudinal survey of youth. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1289-1300.

Kalmijn, M. (2010). Racial differences in the effects of parental divorce and separation on children: Generalizing the evidence to a european case. Social Science Research, 39(5), 845-856. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.05.002

Kawamura, S., & Brown, S. L. (2010). Mattering and wives’ perceived fairness of the division of household labor. Social Science Research, 39(6), 976-986. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.04.004

Many recently married husbands and wives report conflicts over who does the household chores.  Indeed this is often the source of issues related to divorce.  However, even though wives usually do almost twice as much work in the home compared to their husbands, they usually report this division of labor as fair.  This finding has long puzzled researchers who study couples.  Recent data has begun to provide more insight into wives’ views of management of household chores.  Sayaka Kawamura and Susan Brown at Bowling Green State University hypothesized that wives’ perceptions that they “matter” to their husbands is strongly related to their feelings of fairness about household chores.  In short, they suggest that marital satisfaction has less to do with the equal exchange of resources and more to do with feelings of love and intimacy.  They  studied over 900 women who reported on the fairness of the division of household labor and the degree to which their husband’s made them feel important or that they mattered.  They asked questions such as:  “How often does your husband make you feel he is there for you when you need him?” and “How often does your husband make you feel he really cares about you?”   The results indicated that wives who feeling respected and cared for substantially predicted being positive about the division of household chores.   These findings held up across age, ethnic and economic groups.  Kawamura and Brown write, “Mattering taps into an individual’s beliefs about the spouse’s supportiveness, as evidenced by respect, concern, appreciation and so forth…”  This may be the source of marital satisfaction.

Kim, J. (2010). A diverging trend in marital dissolution by income status. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 51(7), 396-412. doi:10.1080/10502556.2010.504091

Kruk, E. (2010). Parental and social institutional responsibilities to children’s needs in the divorce transition: Fathers’ perspectives. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 18, 159-178. doi:10.3149/jms.1802.159

Laursen, B., & Hafen, C. A. (2010). Future directions in the study of close relationships: Conflict is bad (except when it’s not). Social Development, 19(4), 858-872. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9507.2009.00546.x

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2010). Patterns of change in marital satisfaction over the newlywed years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1171-1187.

Lavner, J. A., & Bradbury, T. N. (2010). Patterns of change in marital satisfaction over the newlywed years. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1171-1187. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00757.x

Lewin-Bizan, S., Bowers, E. P., & Lerner, R. M. (2010). One good thing leads to another: Cascades of positive youth development among american adolescents. Development and Psychopathology.Special Issue: Developmental Cascades: Part 2, 22(4), 759-770. doi:10.1017/S0954579410000441

Liddon, N., Leichliter, J. S., Habel, M. A., & Aral, S. O. (2010). Divorce and sexual risk among U.S. women: Findings from the national survey of family growth. Journal of Women’s Health (15409996), 19(11), 1963-1967. doi:10.1089/jwh.2010.1953

LIGHT, A., & TAEHYUN, A. H. N. (2010). Divorce as risky behavior. Demography, 47(4), 895-921.

Mahoney, A. (2010). Religion in families, 1999 2009: A relational spirituality framework. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(4), 805-827. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00732.x

Malcore, S. A., Windell, J., Seyuin, M., & Hill, E. (2010). Predictors of continued conflict after divorce or separation: Evidence from a high-conflict group treatment program. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(1), 50-64. doi:10.1080/10502550903423297

Mandemakers, J. J., Monden, C. W. S., & Kalmijn, M. (2010). Are the effects of divorce on psychological distress modified by family background? Advances in Life Course Research, 15(1), 27-40. doi:DOI: 10.1016/j.alcr.2010.08.002

Markman, H. J., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., Ragan, E. P., & Whitton, S. W. (2010). The premarital communication roots of marital distress and divorce: The first five years of marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 289-298. doi:10.1037/a0019481

McClain, D. B., Wolchik, S. A., Winslow, E., Tein, J., Sandler, I. N., & Millsap, R. E. (2010). Developmental cascade effects of the new beginnings program on adolescent adaptation outcomes. Development and Psychopathology.Special Issue: Developmental Cascades: Part 2, 22(4), 771-784. doi:10.1017/S0954579410000453

McClain, D. B., Wolchik, S. A., Winslow, E., Tein, J., Sandler, I. N., & Millsap, R. E. (2010). Developmental cascade effects of the new beginnings program on adolescent adaptation outcomes. Development and Psychopathology.Special Issue: Developmental Cascades: Part 2, 22(4), 771-784. doi:10.1017/S0954579410000453

McIntosh, J., Smyth, B. Kelaher, M. Wells, Y. & Long, C. (2010).  Post-separation parenting arrangements and developmental outcomes for infants and children.  Collected reports.   HuffPost  HuffPost

Mulder, C. H., & Wagner, M. (2010). Union dissolution and mobility: Who moves from the family home after separation? Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(5), 1263-1273.

Olekalns, M., Brett, J., & Donohue, W. (2010). Words are all I have: Linguistic cues as predictors of settlement in divorce mediation. Negotiation & Conflict Management Research, 3(2), 145-168. doi:10.1111/j.1750-4716.2010.00053.x

Pedro-Carroll, J. (2010). Putting children first: Proven parenting strategies for helping children thrive through divorce. New York, NY, US: Avery/Penguin Group USA.

Potter, D. (2010). Psychosocial well-being and the relationship between divorce and children’s academic achievement. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(4), 933-946. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00740.x

Potter, D. (2010). Psychosocial well-being and the relationship between divorce and children’s academic achievement. Journal of Marriage & Family, 72(4), 933-946. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00740.x

Potter, D. (2010). Psychosocial well-being and the relationship between divorce and children’s academic achievement. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(4), 933-946. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00740.x

Ross, L., & Wynne, S. (2010). Parental depression and divorce and adult children’s well-being: The role of family unpredictability. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 19(6), 757-761. doi:10.1007/s10826-010-9366-7

Roubinov, D. S., & Luecken, L. J. (2010). Father bonding and blood pressure in young adults from intact and divorced families. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 69(2), 161-168. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2010.03.012

Rusby, J. S. M. (2010). Effect of childhood age in foster care on the incidence of divorce in adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(1), 101-104. doi:10.1037/a0017940

Seery, M. D., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2010). Whatever does not kill us: Cumulative lifetime adversity, vulnerability, and resilience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(6), 1025-1041. doi:10.1037/a0021344

Shaw, L. A. (2010). Divorce mediation outcome research: A meta-analysis. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 27(4), 447-467. doi:10.1002/crq.20006  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/crq.20006/abstract

There are numerous horror reports about divorcing couples and their court room battles.  For the past 20 years courts and divorcing couples have been trying out alternative ways of reducing the conflict and animosity that is often associated with litigation.  The primary alternative has been mediation which involves couples working with a professional who helps the couples find common ground.  There have been several evaluation studies of these efforts that suggests this method reduces couple’s conflict and leads to more enduring resolutions of custody and parenting plans.  A recent report in Conflict Resolution Quarterly by Lori Shaw provides the most promising evidence to date about the effectiveness of these programs.  Shaw combined the results of the five most rigorous evaluation studies to compare multiple methods across diverse settings and circumstances.  She  reports that compared to litigation, divorcing couples using mediation are more satisfied with the process, the outcomes, their spousal relationship and their understanding of children’s needs.  These results have important implications for court systems and divorcing couples.

Simon, V. A., & Furman, W. (2010). Interparental conflict and adolescents’ romantic relationship conflict. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20(1), 188-209. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2009.00635.x

Sprecher, S., Zimmerman, C., & Abrahams, E. M. (2010). Choosing compassionate strategies to end a relationship: Effects of compassionate love for partner and the reason for the breakup. Social Psychology, 41(2), 66-75. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000010

Spruijt, E., & Duindam, V. (2010). Joint physical custody in the netherlands and the well-being of children. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(1), 65-82. doi:10.1080/10502550903423362

Stanley, S. M., Allen, E. S., Markman, H. J., Rhoades, G. K., & Prentice, D. L. (2010). Decreasing divorce in U.S. army couples: Results from a randomized controlled trial using PREP for strong bonds. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 9(2), 149-160. doi:10.1080/15332691003694901 https://www.prepinc.com/docs/content/articles/Decreasing_divorce_in_Army_couples.pdf

Military service couples are more likely to get divorced, a recent prevention program offers help.  Scott Stanley and his colleagues have designed  a marital relationship program called, Strong Bonds, that is designed to teach military couples important communication and conflict management skills.  Married U.S. Army couples recently participated in a test of whether this program would reduce divorce.  One-half the group participated in the program and the other half did not.  The results showed that about 2% of the couples who participated in the program were divorced one year later and 6% of the couples were divorced who did not participate in the program.  These findings suggest that couple education can reduce the risk of divorce.

Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., Amato, P. R., Markman, H. J., & Johnson, C. A. (2010). The timing of cohabitation and engagement: Impact on first and second marriages. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(4), 906-918. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00738.x HuffPost blogpost

Stokes, C. E., & Ellison, C. G. (2010). Religion and attitudes toward divorce laws among U.S. adults. Journal of Family Issues, 31(10), 1279-1304. doi:10.1177/0192513X10363887

Taber, S. M. (2010). The veridicality of children’s reports of parenting: A review of factors contributing to parent–child discrepancies. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(8), 999-1010. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2010.06.014

Tanaka, K. (2010). “The effect of divorce experience on religious involvement: Implications for later health lifestyle”: Corrigendum. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(3), 208-208. doi:10.1080/10502551003720152

Tanha, M., Beck, C. J. A., Figueredo, A. J., & Raghavan, C. (2010). Sex differences in intimate partner violence and the use of coercive control as a motivational factor for intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(10), 1836-1854. doi:10.1177/0886260509354501

Teachman, J. (2010). Wives’ economic resources and risk of divorce. Journal of Family Issues, 31(10), 1305-1323. doi:10.1177/0192513X10370108

Teachman, J. (2010). Wives’ economic resources and risk of divorce. Journal of Family Issues, 31(10), 1305-1323. doi:10.1177/0192513X10370108

Teachman, J. (2010). Wives’ economic resources and risk of divorce. Journal of Family Issues, 31(10), 1305-1323. doi:10.1177/0192513X10370108

Teubert, D., & Pinquart, M. (2010). The association between coparenting and child adjustment: A meta-analysis. Parenting: Science and Practice, 10(4), 286-307. doi:10.1080/15295192.2010.492040

Ulveseter, G., Breivik, K., & Thuen, F. (2010). Health-related adjustment of adolescents in various postdivorce family structures with main focus on father custody with and without a stepmother. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(7), 379-395. doi:10.1080/10502556.2010.504088

van der Aa, N., Boomsma, D. I., Rebollo-Mesa, I., Hudziak, J. J., & Bartels, M. (2010). Moderation of genetic factors by parental divorce in adolescents’ evaluations of family functioning and subjective wellbeing. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 13(2), 143-162. doi:10.1375/twin.13.2.143

Village, A., Williams, E., & Francis, L. J. (2010). Does religion make a difference? assessing the effects of christian affiliation and practice on marital solidarity and divorce in britain, 1985-2005. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(6), 327-338. doi:10.1080/10502551003652041

Village, A., Williams, E., & Francis, L. J. (2010). Does religion make a difference? assessing the effects of christian affiliation and practice on marital solidarity and divorce in britain, 1985-2005. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(6), 327-338. doi:10.1080/10502551003652041

Wang, Q., & Zhou, Q. (2010). China’s divorce and remarriage rates: Trends and regional disparities. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(4), 257-267. doi:10.1080/10502551003597949 ttp://www.uvm.edu/~rsingle/JournalClub/papers/Wang+Zhou-2010-JDivorceAndRemarriage.pdf

China has been undergoing rapid changes in economic growth and relocation from rural to urban communities.  A recent report on changes in the divorce rate suggest that China’s family life is also rapidly changing.  Qingbin Wang and Qin Zhou recently reported in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage that the divorce rate in China has increased over 200% since 1980.  There is wide variation in the divorce rate across the various provinces in China which vary in terms of ethnicity, religion, and so forth.   These results indicate that those regions with the greatest economic growth the largest number of college-educated people have the highest divorce rate.  Xinjiang province had the highest divorce rate, followed by the northeast region of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning.  Changes in social and family life will be important to the future of China.

Webb, A. P., Ellison, C. G., McFarland, M. J., Lee, J. W., Morton, K., & Walters, J. (2010). Divorce, religious coping, and depressive symptoms in a conservative protestant religious group. Family Relations, 59(5), 544-557.

Woodin, E. M., & O’Leary, K. D. (2010). A brief motivational intervention for physically aggressive dating couples. Prevention Science, 11(4), 371-383. doi:10.1007/s11121-010-0176-3

Yoosefi, N., Etemadi, O., Bahrami, F., Fatehizade, M. A., & Ahmadi, S. A. (2010). An investigation on early maladaptive schema in marital relationship as predictors of divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51(5), 269-292. doi:10.1080/10502551003651951

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