LifeSiteNews.com - 10 Fev 04
Study Finds Death of Parent Less Harmful Than Divorce
A new study from University College Dublin has
revealed that the effects of divorce are even more
damaging than the death of a parent.
The new research reveals that children of divorced or separated parents
are more likely to develop depression, do worse in
school, and have poor social skills compared to
other children. The study also revealed that the sense
of loss experienced as a result of divorce is greater than that
experienced when a parent dies.
In an interview with the Irish Examiner, the writer of the research paper,
Professor Patricia Casey, said that "Children are damaged by
separation and divorce." Professor Casey told the
Examiner that she seeks to correct misinformation
such as the claim that separation is better than couples
remaining in a 'bad' marriage. In fact "The research shows that is
not the case," she said.
"Nobody should delude themselves that divorce is easy," she continues,
"Keeping a bad marriage together is difficult, but protecting
children after a divorce can be even more difficult.
Couples need to realise this."
She says that during the 1995 Irish divorce referendum one bishop said
that separated children experience loss more
profoundly than if the parent had died. "There was
a massive brouhaha at the time, but he was actually right.
The research has found that."
Casey also refers to corroborative studies like the one by Judith
Wallerstein of the University of California at Berkeley which
revealed that "Children from divorced families do
less well academically, have less social skills and
are at greater risk of depression."
Also read The Heritage Foundation report, "The Effects of Divorce on
America," which reveals that the children of divorce are
increasingly the victims of abuse, exhibit more
problems (health, behavioral and emotional), and
are more frequently involved in crime and drug abuse.
Read the report at:
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