A half-century of a British longitudinal social study is now revealing that a child whose parents are divorced is more likely to struggle academically, emotionally and in future relationships of their own. The report was printed by the Daily Telegraph in London, England.
“Divorce,” the study said, “has repercussions that reverberate through childhood and into adulthood. Children from disrupted families tend to do less well in school and subsequent careers than their peers. They are also more likely to experience the break-up of their own partnerships.”
The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing, multi-disciplinary longitudinal study which takes as its subjects all the people born in one week in England, Scotland and Wales in March 1958. The study compares over 17,000 people born in 1958 with several other groups of similar size born in the subsequent decades. The study revealed that even with increased social acceptance of divorce over the years, the negative impact on the children is still intact.
Some social experts it seems feel that all the ills of divorce victims come from “social shame.” That is, if society were to change its views, the pain would go away. This, of course, is essentially Freud’s view. Alter conscience and feel no moral pain. The study suggests that the effect of divorce on children is not socially induced, but intrinsic to the experience itself.
“It might be expected that as divorce has become more commonplace, its effects might have reduced. Yet a comparison with children born in 1970 shows that this is not the case,” the researchers said. “The estimates across cohorts are surprisingly similar in magnitude and not significantly different from one another.”
Children from divorced families are less likely to be educated, and are more likely to suffer depression and to be claiming benefits.
Adapted from a report by Tim Waggoner of LifeSite News.