College of Arts & Sciences


Long-Term Influence of Family Structure on Young Adult Measures of Psychosocial Adjustment

Date of Award

Spring 5-2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Linda M. Montgomery, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kay E. Ketzenberger, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Spencer K. Thompson, Ph.D.


It was hypothesized that after controlling for SES, there will be no differences between young adults (male and female) from intact, single-parent and multiple change homes on measures of psychological adjustment. It is important to emphasize that the focus of this investigation is on long-term, not immediate, consequences of various family structure. The participants (n=60) were college students attending psychology classes at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The long-term influence of family structure on young adult measures of psychosocial adjustment was measured by four instruments, the Ego Identity Scale, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, the Parental Authority Questionnaire, and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Results suggest that in the long-term family structure has a no direct relationship with psychosocial development.

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