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Participants will be students taking an Introduction Psychology course at a large Midwestern University ages 18-25 years. Participants will be evaluated on their attitudes towards marriage based on their parents' marital status. The measures being used in this study are the Attitudes toward Marriage Scale (Kinnard & Gerrard, 1986), Attitudes towards Divorce Scale (Kinnard & Gerrard 1986), Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (Seid & Fincham 1992), Couples Satisfaction Index (Funk & Rogge 2007), Commitment Scale (Rusbult, Kusashiro, Kubabcka & Finkel 2009), and Adult Romantic Attachment Questionnaire (Frayler, Waller & Brenan 2000) . We hypothesize that parental divorce will have a negative effect on young adults' attitudes towards marriage, parents who remain married will have positive effects on young adults' attitudes towards marriage, parents who have high levels of conflict produce negative attitudes among young adults and parents who have low levels of conflict will exhibit positive attitudes. We also hypothesize that women will have more favorable attitudes towards marriage but more favorable attitudes toward divorce then men and that divorce will have a negative effect on adult romantic attachment.