Behavior: The Lasting Wounds of Divorce

Many youngsters may still be suffering a decade after breakups

Divorce, everyone agrees, is a traumatic event for children. But many parents are consoled by the notion that most youngsters can recover from the painful split-up of their families. Within two or three years, they will resume their normal development and ultimately they will benefit. After all, if the divorce is good for Mother or Father, it will be good for the children.

Now that comfortable assumption is being challenged. Based on an unprecedented long-term study of the effects of divorce, psychologist Judith Wallerstein has found that a disturbingly large number of youngsters are suffering the consequences many years after the...

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