Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Educational Studies


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Donna Gibson


Studies have suggested that childhood parental divorce impacts children not only during times surrounding the marital dissolution, but throughout their lives, well into adulthood. While the impact of divorce is felt and experienced by both sexes, adult females demonstrate gender-related thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, particularly in regard to their intimate relationships. While researchers have explored how children and young adults are impacted by parental divorce, fewer studies have investigated how middle-aged adults, expressly women, experience this increasingly normative event, especially in their own marriages. This qualitative study, through the incorporation of phenomenological interviews, provides an analysis from information obtained through semi-structured, in-depth interviews, regarding the impact of parental childhood divorce as reported by women who lived through the experience. Specifically, the participants offer perspectives of how childhood parental divorce impacted their views on their own marriage(s).