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Author Abigail Sjostrom
Title Parental Divorce, Parent-Child Conflict, and College Student Well-Being
Department Psychology
Advisors Stephanie Little, Jeffrey Brookings, and Katherine Rowell
Year 2008
Honors Departmental Honors
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Abstract This study examined the effects of parental divorce and parent-child conflict on college students' depressive symptoms, eating behavior, and alcohol use. It was hypothesized that students from divorced homes would experience more depressive symptoms, disordered eating, and alcohol use than students from intact families. Results indicated that there were no significant differences in symptomology between students from divorced homes and students from intact homes. Correlations were conducted between conflict with mothers and fathers and measures of symptomology. The highest correlations were for conflict with mother and drive for thinness among males and conflict with father and bulimia among males.

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