The increasing prevalence of divorce rates in this country has become a major concern for social scientists.
Family interaction, as a whole, may suffer a permanent deficit of communication, as one parent have to make providing for the family a priority over family interaction.
Children who grow up in divorced homes typically have less contact with the non-custodial parent and as time goes on the parent child-relationship seems to further deteriorate.
Some young adults reported relationships with fathers that had faded or disengaged, not because of fathers problem behavior or lack of effort, but because fathers had moved away (Arditti & Prouty, 1999).
This evidence may suggest that parental involvement may be a more significant factor on the attitudes children develop towards their parents after divorce than divorce alone.
Fathers Most psychologists will agree that a father is important for the childs development to instill discipline and other social skills.
However, research that evaluated children of divorce showed a more positive relationship with mothers than with their father; in fact, research suggests that often the relationship with the father is endangered (Van Schaick & Stolberg, 2001).
These attitudes could be attributed to an increased fear of abandonment and loss caused by parental divorce, which is compensated by increased attachment to the remaining parent or primary custodian.
These passionate feelings could likely take the form of anger or increased resentment towards the absent parent as well.
Feelings of apprehension towards marriage are due, at least in part, to witnessing parental divorce and remembering the pain that it caused (Johnston & Thomas, 1996).