Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Stefanie Mollborn

Second Advisor

Amy Wilkins

Third Advisor

Kira Pasquesi


Research on the effects of divorce on children is an area in the literature that has been extensively studied. However, much of the literature overlooks the potential long term repercussions for these children, especially with regard to feeling they grew up faster as a direct consequence of their parent’s separation. The present study fills this gap by examining the narratives of young adults and their experiences of subjectively maturing quicker. By analyzing in-depth interviews with twenty college aged students, I attempted to understand the reasons why these children felt an increase in their subjective age following their parent’s divorce. Children feel that experiencing parental divorce made them grow up faster in three primary areas: parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and the use of divorce as a learning experience. Implications from the study and possible directions of future research on the topic will be discussed.