Later Life Divorce & the Adult Child


Social Work

Date of Paper/Work


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Lance Peterson


The purpose of this paper was to explore what measures are being taken to help adult children (17 years old and older) through their parent’s later-life divorce. Using a systematic literature review, articles were analyzed using specific criteria. The findings produced no articles on services for adult children of divorce. Reasons why there is not literature on adult children of divorce were given, as well as a case study of Al & Tipper Gore, which highlights the cultural context of separating the institution of marriage from the needs of biological children. These findings emphasize the need for further research on how adult children are affected by their parent’s later-life divorce.


adult children, divorce, later life divorce

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