The Effect of Parental Divorce on Children’s Adjustment

Author: Zeenat Bibi

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


This research investigated the effect of parental divorce on children’s adjustment. It was hypothesized that there is a difference in children’s adjustment before and after the parental divorce. Ex-post facto research design was used. List consisting of addresses divorced at least one year ago was taken from the Session Court, Lahore to collect data which consisted of 30 parents (mother/ father). The Child Adjustment Scale (CAS) (parent report) by Santrock and Warshak (1979) was used to collect the data. Paired sample t-test was used to analyze children’s adjustment before and after the parental divorce. Results demonstrated a significant difference in children adjustment before and after the parental divorce. Findings revealed that children have adjustment problems. The findings of this research will help resolve children adjustment problems by taking preventive measures and intervention techniques. These findings are compared with the western findings and the thesis ends up with the theoretical and practical implications.

Keywords: Parental Divorce, Children’s Adjustment, Intervention Techniques, Theoretical and Practical implications.

Visit University to get the full thesis.

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Leave a Reply