Dating teenagers after divorce
From 1972 to 1993, the sample size averaged 1,500 each year. Since 1994, the GSS has been conducted only in even-numbered years and uses two samples per GSS that total approximately 3,000.
In 2006, a third sample was added for a total sample size of 4,510. Fagan and Althea Nagai, “Mapping America 62: Divorce or Separation: Family Structure in Adolescence,” Mapping America Project. This entry draws heavily from Effects of Divorce on Children.
They also worry that their marriages will fail or that their spouse will abandon them, In her study of children of divorced parents from Marin County, California, Judith Wallerstein found that the children of divorced parents still had persistent anxiety about their chances of a happy marriage a decade after their parents’ divorce.
While parental divorce affects the child’s view of marriage, girls may be less influenced in their attitudes towards divorce “because they have more role models of intimacy and marriage as the ideal in their environment than boys do, especially in the media.” By contrast, boys have fewer role models of intimacy outside of their families.
Hence a father’s modeling of interpersonal skills is more important for boys.
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.
Unwed teen mothers, who have expectations of rejection and divorce in relationships, seem to retain negative attitudes towards men instilled by their parents’ divorce.