Saturday, November 05, 2005

effects of divorce

In a new study conducted on 1,500 adults ages 18-35, researchers have found that children of divorced parents fare much differently than children of married parents.

Elizabeth Marquardt, who conducted the study (herself a child of divorced parents) said that:
"All the happy talk about divorce is designed to reassure parents...But it's not the truth for children. Even a good divorce restructures children's childhoods and leaves them traveling between two distinct worlds. It becomes their job, not their parents', to make sense of those two worlds."

For example, those who grew up with divorced parents were far more likely than those with married parents to say that they felt like a different person with each parent, that they sometimes felt like outsiders in their own home, and that they had been alone a lot as a child.

Read more about this here.

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