First Advisor

Janet Walker

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors


Criminology and Criminal Justice




children, married, divorced, conflict resolution, culture, relationship quality


The relationship between parents' is considered one of the most influential interactions a child will experience; as it is usually the first relationship a child witnesses where personal values and interests develop (Stanger, 2019). Nonetheless, it is a consistently understudied population in family research and, when studied, children are primarily examined during adolescence and often only in the context of conflict and rivalry. Additionally, much of this research does not examine the effects of a child's romantic relationship on the larger family system. This thesis seeks to address this gap in the literature by understanding how the relationship of a child's biological parents presents and defines a child’s own romantic relationship through qualitative research (interviews, coding, etc). In doing so, it also seeks to examine whether these qualities can lead to a proposed idea of whether culture may play a role in this interaction.

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Family Law Commons