Review of Post-divorce Child Outcome Literature

  • Lauren Woodward Tolle
  • William T. O’Donohue


This chapter reviews literature specific to child outcomes in the context of divorce, as well as longitudinal research found to predict poorer and better outcomes in children. This chapter discusses the limitations of this research, however, the uses of applying demonstrated outcomes to child custody evaluations. Risk factors discussed include: poor parent–child relationship, poor parenting skills, environmental instability, parent mental health problems, and excessive interparental conflict. Promotive factors discussed include: positive parenting, parental school involvement, promotion of interpersonal development, promotion of mental health, promotion of community development, and effective coparenting.


Parenting Style Extracurricular Activity Positive Youth Development Promotive Factor Child Relationship Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Woodward Tolle
    • 1
  • William T. O’Donohue
    • 2
  1. 1.Aurora Research InstituteAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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