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The Personality and social adjustment of adolescent students to parental divorce is thefocus of this research. It questioned whether parental divorce influences thepersonality characters and social adjustment of adolescents. A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey was conducted on 120 purposely selected groups ofadolescents (60 adolescents from divorced family and 60 from intact family),attending 10+1 & 10+2 grade level at Jimma, Agaro and Mizan town preparatory schools. Socio-demographic details and responses to questionnaires assessing thepersonality character and social adjustment of adolescents were recorded. The datawas analyzed, and compared using statistical measures of correlation and independent sample t-test. The results indicated that high levels of excitability (M=4.32), boldness(M=3.82), withdrawal (M=3.66), apprehension (M=3.52), and tension (M=4.64), aswell as low levels of emotional stability (M=2.06), warmth (M=2.43), self-discipline(M=2.38), and conformity (M=2.40) characterized the personality of adolescents from divorced family, and the result was significantly different (t = 1.18, α = 0.05) ascompared with the personality measures of adolescents of intact family. Moreover, adolescents from divorced family (M=3.05) performed poor in social adjustment, ascompared to adolescents from intact family (M=3.18), (t = -3.07, α = 0.05).