Divorce deadly for kids: Study

April 8th, 2009 - 10:26 am ICT by IANS  

Toronto, April 8 (IANS) Divorce always plays havoc with children’s education and its emotional impact on younger children far worse than that on older children, says new research.
A study by two Canadian universities - the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba - warns parents to consider the deadly consequences of their divorce decision on the education and over-all life of their children.

School drop-out rates are much higher among children whose parents divorce than those whose parents stay together, according to the study which looked at the long-term impact of disrupted family life on children.

The study found that the consequences were far worse for children whose parents went through two or more divorces.

Chances of such children completing school education dropped by about 50 percent, compared to those coming from stable families, the study said.

“This is a long-run picture, where we can look at number of changes a child experiences and link it to how they finish up as they enter into young adulthood,” Alberta university divorce expert and study co-author Lisa Strohschein was quoted as saying.

As part of their study, the researchers looked at the data on more than 9,400 children born or adopted in two-parent families in 1984.

Then they tracked these children to 2004 (when they were 20 years old) to find out what happened to them in their life.

The researchers found that out of these 9,400 children, 7,569 saw no divorce in the family, 1,325 saw one divorce and 172 lost one parent. Another 285 children saw two divorces and 52 three divorces.

They found that 78.4 per cent of children whose parents didn’t divorce completed high school. But only 60 per cent of children who saw one or two divorces in their families completed high school.

The study also found the impact of divorce was worse on younger children than older children as they don’t have the emotional skills to deal with the trauma.

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