Research Topic: Grey Divorce
October 2015 - February 2016
The basis of my project proposal is the concept of Grey Divorce: Married individuals aged 50 and older, including the college-educated, are twice as likely to experience a divorce today as they were in 1990. For married individuals aged 65 and older, the risk of divorce has more than doubled since 1990.
The result of many late in life divorces is the increased likelihood that many Adult Children are faced with the loss of family as a unit, weakening of parent-child relationships and become more likely to engage in externalising and anti-social behaviors.
Read my interview with an Adult Child of Divorce
Data Collection Methods
(Used in Beyond the Average Divorce)
- Self-Report Questionnaires
- Ethnographic Approaches: Behavioural Observation
- Structured Interviews
- Personal Diaries
- Case Studies
- Collection of Text and Broadcast Materials
I created timelines for the two audiences currently addressed in my research: Grey Divorcees and Adult Children of Divorce. These timelines show possible tension points that arise when a divorce takes place depending on the psychological developmental phases occuring at the time.
- Janice Green
- Deirdre Baire
- Beverly Rodgers
- Anthony Charuvastra
- Susan L. Brown
- I-Fen Lin
- Paar & Familienberatung
Selected Articles & Data Sets
- At Long Last Divorce
- Global Views on Morality of Divorce
- Rise in Remarriage
- Divorced from Reality
- Marriage Loses in 'Divorce Culture'
- My Parents Split Up When I Was an Adult
- News on Adult Children of Divorce
- Divorce Effects on Grown Up Offspring
- WNYC's Wevorce Blog
- Impact of Parent's Divorce on Emerging Adults
- Divorce Over 60s on the Rise
- Divorce Late in Life
- Silver Splitters
- Silver Splitters, Surge in Older Divorce
- The Gray Divorcés
- NPR Podcast: Divorce over 50
- Why Are Babyboomers so Divorce Prone?
- Adult Chilren of Divorce Face Extra Burdens
- Grey Divorce Revolution
- Lifetime Rise of Divorce
- General Marriage & Divorce Statistics
- National Marriage and Divorce Trends
- Marriage and Divorce: Changing Their Driving Forces
- Americans for Divorce Reform
- PEW Social Change: Baby Boomers Approach 65 Glumly
- PEW: The Decline of Marriage and the Rise of New Families
- Divorce or Trends in Marital Stability
- Misreporting on Divorce
- The Role of Divorce in Men's Realitions with Their Adult Children After Mid-Life
- For Richer, If Not For Poorer?
- The Effect of Parental Divorce and Remarriage on Parental Support for Adult Children
- AARP: The Study of Divorce At Midlife and Beyond
Beyond the Average Divorce - David Demo and Mark Fine
- What is the best way to prepare Adult Children for their parents' divorce and divorce process?
- Can this be addressed by technology?
- What are the needs of the Adult Children? How dependent is this on the personal histories?
- Can the trauma of divorce be addressed before the divorce process and aftermath?
- If Death can be redesigned, After I Go, can Divorce?