, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 299–318 | Cite as

Parental divorce in childhood and demographic outcomes in young adulthood

  • Andrew J. Cherlin
  • Kathleen E. Kiernan
  • P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Intergenerational Relations


We investigated the long-term effects of parental divorce in childhood on demographic outcomes in young adulthood, using a British longitudinal national survey of children. Our analyses control for predisruption characteristics of the child and the family, including emotional problems, cognitive’ achievement, and socioeconomic status. The results show that by age 23, those whose parents divorced were more likely to leave home because of friction, to cohabit, and to have a child outside marriage than were those whose parents did not divorce. Young adults whose parents divorced, however, were no more or less likely to marry or to have a child in a marriage. Moreover, even in the divorced group, the great majority did not leave home because of friction or have a child outside marriage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew J. Cherlin
    • 1
  • Kathleen E. Kiernan
    • 2
  • P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
    • 3
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  3. 3.Harris Graduate School of Public Policy StudiesUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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