“Their conviction that relationships are unlikely to endure… was entirely unaffected by the amount of time they spent with each parent.”

Parents, watch out! In case you don’t know…

Researching Reform

A then groundbreaking 25 year study published in 2004, which followed 131 children after their parents divorced makes some bold suggestions which many will view as controversial.

Its central conclusion is that parental divorce negatively impacts a child’s ability to love and be loved within a lasting relationship.

Its key findings  include:

  • The economic implications of divorce often left parents scrambling to earn income, which meant less time spent with their children. As a result, children felt neglected during periods of their childhood when they needed their parents most
  • Children’s views of relationships were affected: they took the view that personal relationships were unreliable, no matter how much contact they had with each parent
  • Loneliness and fear of abandonment were significantly increased in the children who took part in the study
  • A strong concern for separated parents and who would take care of those parents also featured
  • Children were able to…

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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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