Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 249–264 | Cite as

The impact of parental divorce on the attainment of the developmental tasks of young adulthood

  • Patrick Johnson
  • William K. Wilkinson
  • Keith McNeil
Research: Post-Divorce


The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of parental divorce on young adult development. One hundred twenty-five participants provided demographic information and completed the PAFS-Q (college version) and the conflict subscale of the Family Environment Scale. Results indicate that parental divorce and family conflict significantly affect developmental task attainment. The interactions between sex and age and family structure (i.e., single-parent or stepfamily) were also significant predictors of post-divorce task attainment. Implications of these results for therapists as well as recommendations for future research are provided.

Key words

divorce developmental tasks young adulthood family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Johnson
    • 1
  • William K. Wilkinson
    • 1
  • Keith McNeil
    • 1
  1. 1.New Mexico State UniversityUSA

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