Recent research has shown that parents' inappropriate disclosures about the divorce process can be stressful for adolescents. However, little is known about the conditions that prompt parents to disclose inappropriate information about the divorce to them. The current study examines factors (a lack of social support, a lack of control over divorce stressors, and the severity of the divorce stressors) that potentially influence parents to reveal inappropriate information about the divorce to their adolescents. It also explores the impact that these inappropriate disclosures have on parents' and adolescents' well-being. Surveys were gathered from 118 custodial parent-adolescent dyads. The results suggest that a lack of social support and the severity of the stressors did not influence parents' inappropriate disclosures. Custodial parents' lack of control over their divorce-related stressors was the only factor associated with their inappropriate disclosures. When a lack of control over divorced-related stressors was considered, parents with less stressful interparental conflict were likely to be distressed by their inappropriate disclosures, whereas parents who had a strained relationship with their former spouse were not. Adolescents' perceptions of the inappropriate disclosures were also a stronger predictor of adolescents' well-being than the parents' perceptions of their own disclosures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics