Your Family: Sep. 6, 1999

MID-LIFE SPLITS Men and women who divorce in middle age go their separate ways in more ways than one. According to a recent study, women become more assertive, gregarious and optimistic, while men get demoralized and depressed. Study co-author Paul Costa cautions that more research is needed to explain why. Who divorced whom and who gets what may be factors, says Costa, but the phenomenon may be unique to this generation of first-wave baby boomers.

FIRE ALARM Kids who play with matches are usually just exercising their curiosity--albeit in a spectacularly dangerous way. But for some kids, setting fires is a...

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