Adult Children of Divorce: Healing the Pain That Lives On

Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children. But how does it affect a person’s approach to marriage as an adult? Dennis Rainey talks with Jen Abbas, author of Generation Ex, and researcher Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, about how how their parents’ divorce affected their thoughts about marriage and family.

Jen Abbas and Elizabeth Marquardt talk about forgiving their parents for the divorces. View Show Notes →
Elizabeth and Jen talk about how their parents' divorce has affected them throughout their lives and continues to affect them today. View Show Notes →

Meet Series Guests

Elizabeth Marquardt

Elizabeth Marquardt is the director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan think tank focused on children, families, and civil society. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Jen Abbas

Jen Abbas is an adult child of divorce who has dedicated herself to discovering how children of divorce can change the patterns of their past.