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Children of Divorce

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Children of Divorce
Emotional/Psychological Statistics
According to one article, "Children from divorced homes have more psychological problems than children from which one of their parents has died." (Robert E. Emery,- Marriage, Divorce and Children's Adjustment- Sage Publications, 1988).

Children of divorce have higher levels of anxiety, depression, and lower self-esteem. (Portnoy, S. M. (2008). The Psychology of Divorce: A Lawyer's Primer, Part 2: The Effects of Divorce on Children. American Journal Of Family Law, 21(4), 126-134. )
Quality of Health
The children of divorced parents are 50% more apt to develop health problems than children who grow up in two parent households. (Angel, Worobey, -Single Motherhood and Children's Health -)

*The majority of molested children come from single parent households, or households of drug abusers. (Los Angles Times 16 September 1985 The Garbage Generation)


Children of Divorce Attitudes Vary
"In their landmark longitudinal study of some
1300 families over two decades, Hetherington and
Kelly found that children of divorce do less well
than other children and struggle to cope with the
divorce, but that by two years after the divorce
80 percent are not significantly different on measures of adjustment compared to children of intact families."

Children of Divorce & Relationships
"Children of divorce are more likely to
experience marital instability and a slight elevation
in their own divorce rates."

"Adolescent females from divorced families are
more likely to have sex at a younger age than their
never-divorced counterparts and have more sexual
partners during their high school years."

(Portnoy, S. M. (2008). The Psychology of Divorce: A Lawyer's Primer, Part 2: The Effects of Divorce on Children. American Journal Of Family Law, 21(4), 126-134. )


Conclusion
The degrees to which divorce affects a child varies greatly depending on the general welfare of a child. Overall, children of divorce have lower self-esteem, lower academic performances, and have trouble maintaining relationships later in life. However, not all children are affected in such a way. Many studies have been conducted and each suggest different outcomes.
General Statistics
*About 50% of all Children in North America will deal with the divorce of their parents. Then almost half of those children will also witness the breakup of a second marriage as well. (Furstenberg and Others-Life Course)

*Nearly 40% of children in North America today are being raised without the presence of their fathers. (Wade, Horn and Busy, -Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform, Hudson Institute Executive Briefing, 1997)

Seventy percent of long-term prison inmates grew up in broken homes. (Horn, Bush, -Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform-)
Resources
Portnoy, S. M. (2008). The Psychology of Divorce: A Lawyer's Primer, Part 2: The Effects of Divorce on Children. American Journal Of Family Law, 21(4), 126-134.
(Furstenberg and others -Life Course-)
(Wade, Horn and Busy, -Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform, Hudson Institute Executive Briefing, 1997)
(Robert E. Emery,- Marriage, Divorce and Children's Adjustment- Sage Publications, 1988).
(Angel, Worobey, -Single Motherhood and Children's Health -)
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