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Children and Divorce

January 19, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 2
Does divorce turn children into troubled adults?
By David Masci

Introduction

Cheryl Ellis and her husband postponed their divorce for several years while their daughter Tomeryl, 9, was growing up. The couple is now divorced. (Photo Credit: KRT Photos Live)
Cheryl Ellis and her husband postponed their divorce for several years while their daughter Tomeryl, 9, was growing up. The couple is now divorced. (Photo Credit: KRT Photos Live)

Almost half of all American children must cope, at some point in their lives, with the disintegration of their parents' marriage. A controversial new study by psychiatrist Judith Wallerstein contends that the children of divorce are much more likely to be troubled as adults and that couples with kids need to try harder to remain married. But critics describe the study as unscientific and argue that bad marriages often end up doing more harm than good to the whole family. Child-advocacy experts also disagree over the impact of custody arrangements. Some favor joint physical custody because they say it allows both parents to remain involved in their children's lives. But others say that forcing a child to live in two homes is disruptive and makes an already difficult situation worse.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Marriage, Divorce, and Single Parents
May 07, 2004  Future of Marriage
Jan. 19, 2001  Children and Divorce
Jun. 02, 2000  Fatherhood Movement
May 10, 1996  Marriage and Divorce
Jan. 13, 1995  Child Custody and Support
Jun. 07, 1991  Children and Divorce
Oct. 26, 1990  Child Support: Payments, Progress and Problems
Jul. 06, 1990  Are Americans Still in Love with Marriage?
Feb. 03, 1989  Joint Custody: Is it Good for the Children?
Mar. 12, 1982  Trends in Child Custody and Support
Jun. 03, 1977  The Changing American Family
Sep. 10, 1976  Single-Parent Families
Jan. 25, 1974  Child Support
Oct. 10, 1973  No-Fault Divorce
Oct. 06, 1971  Marriage: Changing Institution
Nov. 27, 1963  Divorce Law Reform
May 24, 1961  Mixed Marriage
Apr. 20, 1959  Rise in Illegitimacy
Feb. 02, 1949  Marriage and Divorce
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