Effect of parent dating on children
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.
Without remarriage, the effect on their views of divorce was not significant.
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.
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.
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. De Boer, “The Transmission of Marital Instability Across Generations: Relationship Skills or Commitment to Marriage? However, if the parents’ conflict is not violent or intense, their children fare better in their own marriages if their parents remain married.
They are also more likely to be more violent toward their partner.
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.
and those who casually date exhibit “the strongest effects of parental divorce, suggesting that the repercussions of parental divorce may be in place before the young adults form their own romantic relationships.” The divorce of their parents makes dating and romance more difficult for children as they reach adulthood.
Parental divorce horrifies young adults’ heterosexual relationship experiences though the connection is more evident for women than for men, according to one study.