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The Negative Effects of Divorce on Your Children

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In the era we live in today, people who are divorced may be more common than those that are legally wed. Due to this trend, there have been many studies that show the negative results that can occur in children of divorced parents.

Smoking habits
In 2013, the University of Toronto published a study linking children of divorced parents more likely to begin smoking. The study was of 19,000 Americans. Men who experienced their parent’s divorce before the age of 18 were 48% more likely to smoke, and women were 39% more likely as well. Cigarette smoking is the more preventable cause of chronic illness and premature death.

Poor performance in school
Children whose parents are divorced often fall behind in school and their social development. A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison proved that these children of divorced parents were behind mainly in their math skills and social skills. Math is an accumulative task; therefore if children fall behind early on in their schooling, it’s very difficult for them to catch up. It was also proven that these children have higher levels of anxiety, low self-esteem, and stress which all account for the hindrance of social skills.

Health issues
Aside from the likelihood of picking up a smoking habit, children of divorced parents are much more susceptible to other illness, which links back to their significantly higher stress levels. Another reason that could be related is that divorce often reduces the availability of good health insurance. Children of divorced homes often lack the stability of a safe environment and constant adult supervision, which leads to children living a much healthier lifestyle.

More likely to not finish school
In 2009, the Canadian Journal of Sociology published a study that tracked 10,000 children and the negative impacts of a major disruption, either divorce, remarriage, or the death of a parent. The study showed that more than 78% of the children who didn’t experience a major family disruption were able to graduate high school by the age of 20. However, for those who did experience either a divorce, remarriage, or death of a parent, only 60% of them were able to graduate in the same timeline.

Greater chance of them getting divorced
Children who experience divorce first hand are more likely to divorce as adults, according to the study conducted by the University of Utah. The study also showed that they are more likely to marry young, as well as to marry someone who also experienced divorce as a child, because of their aspirations for a stable relationship.

Carin Maxey’s blog posts are not legal advice and are meant for informational purposes only. If you require legal advice, please seek a licensed professional in your jurisdiction.

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