Are the adults alright? Reviewing outcomes for adult offspring of parental divorce

Caroline E. Shanholtz, Megan S. Irgens, Connie J. Beck

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


The current paper aims to summarize the psychological literature on offspring who are over the age of 18 at the time of their parents’ divorce. The current review identifies the impact of divorce on these families and makes recommendations for the development of theory, methodology, and intervention for working with this population. Adult offspring have a hard time emotionally adjusting to the new family structure, their relationship with their parents suffer, and they are relied on for emotional and financial support by their parents. Additionally, adult offspring question their own ability to negotiate intimate relationships and the value of marriage. It is critical to better understand these families and how we can promote positive family relationships for generations to come.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Family Trauma, Child Custody and Child Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Divorce
  • family
  • gray divorce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Are the adults alright? Reviewing outcomes for adult offspring of parental divorce'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this