Skip to comments.Terrible toll of making divorce easier: Children more likely to be violent, take drugs and have sex
Posted on 07/07/2013 6:28:30 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
Children who encounter family break-up are far more likely to be violent, unhappy and feel unfulfilled throughout their lives, according to an NHS study.
Researchers found that the turmoil endured by youngsters has a crucial influence on nearly every facet of their later life.
A cross-section of 1,500 people were asked if they had faced a range of 11 circumstances, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), covering abuse, family break-up, being raised with domestic violence and drink or drug addiction.
Coupled with details of their current lives, the research revealed the legacy of broken homes appears to weigh more heavily than any other factor, as among the worst affected group those with four or more ACEs two thirds had seen their parents go their separate ways, compared with an average of 24 per cent.
The chances of suffering a difficult childhood leapt for those born after 1971, when the law changed to make divorce easier. This generation was found to be significantly more likely to smoke, drink heavily, take drugs, fight, be mentally ill and have sex underage.
Norman Wells of the Family Education Trust, a campaign group which researches the causes and consequences of family breakdown, said: Casting aside traditional patterns of family life carries a high price tag in terms of the health, education and employment prospects of the next generation.
The relaxation of divorce laws along with the increasing proportion of births outside marriage has resulted in a growing number of children lacking the benefit of being raised by both their natural parents in a stable unit.
The report a joint venture between Liverpool John Moores University and the NHS
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Well said. In my own limited world of experience, I can say that every psychologist I have known has been a little (or a lot) unstable, neurotic or just downright strange.
I don’t think deserving has anything to do with it
I wonder when the divorce was because of domestic violence or addiction problems (for example)whether early exposure to these factors remains a significant influence on the child even after the divorce?
I don’t think there is any such thing as a non traumatic divorce for children. So there better be damn good cause to tear apart their life. Daddy needing his space or Mommy wanting to find herself ain’t it.
all that easier to TWIST, m’dear (cue evil laugh with lots of reverb)
Forgiving really means passing the burden on to God. It doesn’t mean excusing and it doesn’t mean taking foolish chances.
I have not read the report, do you know if the results were the same regardless of income?
Because of the example their supposedly responsible adult parents set (and get away with).
We are to forgive but we are not required to keep the abuser in our midst or ever trust them again. Sometimes forgiveness requires healing from the past first and they may still be living it or simply haven’t healed yet.
An adult cannot control another adult and if she wants to be abusive 24/7 then at some point a father would want to get some distance between his kids and his psycho wife.
I agree with you but it is very hard to forgive someone who has caused such emotional turmoil. I had a friend who caused me great pain. I finally cut things off with her, then felt guilty for treating her that way. I asked for forgiveness for my treatment of her but I still do not need her in my life. It also took some time before I asked the forgiveness, even though she was clearly the one who needed intervention.