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Effect of childhood age in foster care on the incidence of divorce in adulthood

Rusby, James S.M. (2010) Effect of childhood age in foster care on the incidence of divorce in adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology 24 (1), pp. 101-104. ISSN 0893-3200.

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Official URL: http://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/a0017940

Abstract

This retrospective study examines the long-term effect of the age at which British children were fostered in World War II on their divorce rate. A total of 859 respondents, aged 62 to 72 years, were recruited who had childhood homes in the county of Kent in southeast England during the war. Of these, 770 had been evacuated and fostered, and the remainder stayed at home. Reflecting the wartime concerns of Bowlby, Miller, and Winnicott (1939) regarding the wisdom of separating young children from their parents for a potentially long period, male and female respondents evacuated between the ages of 4 to 6 years had a significantly higher incidence of divorce compared with those in the 13- to 15-year age group. This association was found to be mediated by attachment style in which the fearful category was predominant. The relevance of these results in the broader developmental context, and to family counseling, are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): childhood and divorce, childhood separation, foster care, wartime evacuation, attachment and divorce
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3385

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