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The relationship between perceived interparental conflict and Malaysian young adults' attitudes toward divorce

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posted on 01.01.2013, 00:00 authored by L Y Kwan, David MellorDavid Mellor, L Rizzuto, Christina KolarChristina Kolar, N Mamat
In the context of an upward trend in divorce rates in Malaysia, this article explores the relationship between Malaysian young adults' perceptions of interparental conflict and their own attitudes toward divorce. Two questionnaires were administered to 160 young adults between 18 and 30 years old: the Attitude Towards Divorce Scale and the Perceptions of Interparental Conflict−Intensity/Frequency Scale. A positive relationship was found between perceived intensity and frequency of interparent conflict and attitudes toward divorce in males and females, respectively; however, the associations were weak. Future investigations of divorce need to take into consideration both the cultural factors that are influential within a society and how they shape gender norms within that population to gain a greater understanding of this relationship. Such investigations will increase the understanding of non-Western culture's unique interaction between attitudes and divorce, thus potentially aiding future efforts to strengthen marriages and families.

History

Journal

Journal of divorce & remarriage

Volume

54

Issue

7

Pagination

596 - 607

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1050-2556

eISSN

1540-4811

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis