Thus the more common divorce and rejection is among adults, the more the attitudes and expectations of rejection are mainstreamed among children, even those raised in intact married families.
Adult male children of divorced parents show more ambivalence than men from intact families about becoming involved in a relationship, though they invest more money and tangible goods in casual dating relationships.
and those who casually date exhibit “the strongest effects of parental divorce, suggesting that the repercussions of parental divorce may be in place before the young adults form their own romantic relationships.” The divorce of their parents makes dating and romance more difficult for children as they reach adulthood.
Parental divorce horrifies young adults’ heterosexual relationship experiences though the connection is more evident for women than for men, according to one study.
Persons raised in divorced families tend to have less positive attitudes towards marriage, and more positive attitudes towards divorce.
This negative attitude about marriage leads to decreased commitment to romantic relationships, which in turn is related to lower relationship quality.
Unwed teen mothers, who have expectations of rejection and divorce in relationships, seem to retain negative attitudes towards men instilled by their parents’ divorce.Significantly, this increase is not seen in children whose parents’ marriage ended because of the death of one of the parents.Children of divorce are 39 percent more likely to marry other children of divorce, after controlling for education.Children from divorced families are more tolerant of divorce than are children from intact families, though this is only likely if their parents had remarried.
Without remarriage, the effect on their views of divorce was not significant.
In particular, “boys who feel close to their fathers, regardless of biological status, have better attitudes about intimacy and the prospect of their own married lives than boys who do not feel close to their fathers.” Daughters of divorced parents anticipated cohabiting before marriage, regardless of the amount of affection between them and their fathers. According to Amato and Booth’s research, the risk is highest when the divorce takes place before the child reaches age 13.