In Brief: May 22, 2000

RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES When parents divorce, the breakup is often hardest on the children. Will they ever trust adults again? According to a new Pennsylvania State University study, the answer is usually yes. After studying 646 children over a period of 17 years, researchers found that divorce did not necessarily cause children to mistrust adults later in life. More important for their future interactions with elders was a respectful relationship between the parents after separation. The researchers add one caveat, however. Because mothers traditionally gain custody of kids, many children of divorce continue to distrust Dad well into adulthood.

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