Divorced Families and Their Children: Discovering What Leads to Delinquency

Brandon H. Myers, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.


This study sought to determine what aspect of divorce was most likely associated with an increase in criminally delinquent behavior among adolescent children under the age of eighteen years. The researcher utilized the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, NLSY97, as the primary research tool which was a ten year survey of nearly 9,000 youths and household members. The researcher relied upon a correlative research method through the use of comparative frequencies in order to determine which of the six leading perspectives concerning the effects of divorce on adolescent development was more prominent. Although this research showed that parenting styles may be slightly more significant the author provided a model from which future research should be based.