Emotional effects of dating parents
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.Women share this ambivalence and demonstrate even more conflict, doubt, and lack of faith in their partner’s benevolence and tend to place less value on consistent commitment.
though they invest more money and tangible goods in casual dating relationships. Rhoades, et al, “Parents' Marital Status, Conflict, and Role Modeling: Links With Adult Romantic Relationship Quality,” Researchers have found that the children of violent parents do better if their parents separate.Couples with one spouse from a divorced home are nearly twice as likely to divorce as couples with both spouses from non-divorced families.Worse still, couples with both spouses from divorced families are over three times more likely to divorce than couples with both spouses from non-divorced families.This anxiety interfered with their ability to marry well: Some failed to form satisfying romantic ties, while others rushed impulsively into unhappy marriages.This may explain why children of divorced parents tend to have a lower relationship quality as adults.
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.