developmental disabilities; divorce; parenting; family size
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, vol. 120, no. 6, pp. 514 - 526
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
We prospectively examined the risk of divorce in 190 parents of children with developmental disabilities compared to 7,251 parents of children without disabilities based on a random sample drawn from the community and followed longitudinally for over 50 years. A significant interaction between the parental group status and number of children was found: In the comparison group, having a larger number of children was related to an increased risk of divorce, whereas the number of children did not increase divorce risk among parents of children with developmental disabilities.