We all know divorce is hard on everyone involved — from the family to the friends to the people at work. However, some of the most tragic victims of a divorce are the children of that marriage. Some couples believe that if they divorce on friendly terms — amicably — that the children will somehow turn out better.
Well, according to a new study out from a Indiana University study on divorce in the UK doesn’t think that’s so. They studied 270 parents that divorced or separated between 1998 and 2004 in an “unnamed” U.S. state who were to take part in an education program on ‘co-operative co-parenting.’ Of these, 31% considered their relationship with their ex-spouse as ‘co-operative and involved’; 45% were ‘moderately engaged’ with their divorced partner, with some conflict between them; and 24% said their cooperation was ‘infrequent but conflictual’. But guess what —none of those statistics mattered.
The study, published in the Family Relations academic journal, said that children of divorced parents are more likely than others to suffer external symptoms such as behavior problems or drug abuse, more likely to have internal difficulties like anxiety or depression and more likely to do badly at school. But the researchers found that these children’s problems were no worse if their parents continued to argue with each other after the divorce.
For more:Amicable divorce 'is just as damaging for children': Impact of a split on youngsters is same if couple remain friends or not (Daily Mail)