The relative risk of divorce in parents of children with developmental disabilities: Impacts of lifelong parenting

Eun Ha Namkung, Jieun Song, Jan S. Greenberg, Marsha R. Mailick, Frank J. Floyd

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Abstract

We prospectively examined the risk of divorce in 190 parents of children with developmental disabilities compared to 7,251 parents of children without disabilities based on a random sample drawn from the community and followed longitudinally for over 50 years. A significant interaction between the parental group status and number of children was found: In the comparison group, having a larger number of children was related to an increased risk of divorce, whereas the number of children did not increase divorce risk among parents of children with developmental disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-526
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Volume120
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Divorce
  • Family size
  • Parenting

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