According to a study reported on in the New York Times, “It is no small question. The nation’s divorce rate reached record levels in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. “During that time, the article continues “a quarter of all Americans age 18 to 35 were barely 16 years old when they went through one of life’s most painful experiences — their parents’ divorce.
The study “highlights the many ways that divorce shapes the emotional tenor of childhood.”
The article goes on to say that about half of those from divorced families agreed that they had a “harder childhood that most people,” compared with 14 percent from married families.
“The effects of divorce may not seem so important in a hard-nosed statistical analysis of outcomes, but in a subjective way, they may be very important,” said Andrew Cherlin, a family demographer at Johns Hopkins University. “Many adults with very successful lives still carry the residual trauma of their parents’ breakup.”
Kids 24/7 supports families going through this very difficult time to see them through with the tools necessary to traverse the often rocky and uncertain terrain of divorce.