The Influences of Parents’ and Offsprings’ Experience with Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce on Attitudes Toward Divorce in Young Adulthood

Data from a thirty-one year, intergenerational panel study are used to examine the influence of entry into and exit from marriage and cohabitation on changes in adult children's attitudes toward divorce. The influences of parents' marital dissolution and maternal attitudes toward divorce on the adult children's divorce attitudes are also investigated. Parental divorce followed by remarriage and maternal attitudes about divorce are each associated with adult children's tolerance of divorce. Among the adult children, direct entry into marriage decreases divorce tolerance, but marriage preceded by cohabitation does not. Divorce from a first marriage dramatically increases adults' acceptance of divorce. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]