Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-4-2023

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Desiree Crevecoeur-MacPhail


The past few decades have seen a significant increase in the rates of divorce, with factors such as changing societal norms, economic pressures, and individual desires for personal fulfillment influencing this trend. Children of divorced parents often experience a range of emotional, social, and psychological effects that can have an impact on their well-being. Past literature has found that individuals who experience parental divorce suffer from increased behavioral difficulties, less time with father figures, and feel more hesitant toward relationship commitment than individuals who do not have divorced parents. The current study specifically inspected how parental divorce can affect people and how the social learning theory impacts an individual’s thoughts toward divorce and future romantic relationships. This study utilized survey research to collect data for analysis from students at Chapman University to determine the severity of effects on individuals due to parental divorce. Of the four hypotheses proposed, none were supported with statistically significant data. Despite not finding statistically significant results in this study, it is important to have intervention groups/organizations to better support people who have experienced parental divorce. Past studies should prompt therapy interventions to be accessible to any child who experiences parental divorce, with therapy being offered at schools or private therapists to prevent any negative consequences.


Presented at the Spring 2023 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.