The Park Place Economist


Some of the most recent divorce research suggests that a better descriptor of adult socioeconomic attainment is not divorce, nor its intermediary causes, but rather the existence of hostile and aggressive parental behavior during childhood (Keister, 2005; Amato, 2005). Accordingly, divorce may just be another measure of a more significant cause of diminished income attainment among children of divorce: poorly managed anger by parents. The present study seeks to explore these complex relationships and establish that the parental relationships in a household are as important as the legal outcome of the marriage itself with regard to long run adultchild effects.