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Title: Divorce Process and Children's Well-Being: a Longitudinal Analysis
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1. Morrison, Donna Ruane
Divorce Process and Children's Well-Being: a Longitudinal Analysis
Ph.D. Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, 1993
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): Behavior Problems Index (BPI); Child Support; Children, Academic Development; Children, Behavioral Development; Divorce; Educational Attainment; Fathers, Absence; Marital Disruption; Marital Dissolution; Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading)

Previous research on the consequences of divorce for children has primarily focused on the difficulties that stem from the breakup and its aftermath. Measures of the antecedent processes of disruption generally have been unavailable. The present study examines the effects of the disruption process on two primary measures of child well-being: behavior problems and academic achievement. Data from the Child Supplement of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) were used. The analysis begins with children ages 3 to 13 in 1986 whose parents' marriages are intact. In 1988 children are classified according to whether they are in intact or disrupted families and measures of well-being are reassessed. Within the disrupted group, time since disruption, contact with the non-custodial parent, and receipt of child support, are also examined. Research hypotheses are tested using a series of regression equations. Models are estimated separately by sex. Sample selection biases are estimated and evaluated. Findings indicate that boys undergo additional behavior problems not present in pre-disruption and that father involvement after disruption had little impact on the outcomes.
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Morrison, Donna Ruane. Divorce Process and Children's Well-Being: a Longitudinal Analysis. Ph.D. Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, 1993.