Divorced parents up risk for kid's divorce

Children of divorced parents are roughly twice as likely to divorce compared to their peers from intact families, according to a U.S. study.

Divorced parents up risk for kid's divorce
Children of divorced parents are roughly twice as likely to divorce compared to their peers from intact families, according to a U.S. study.

Brian D'Onofrio, of Indiana University Bloomington, said that when a host of variables are taken into consideration, such as genetic risks and socioeconomic factors, the actual divorce still accounts for around 66 percent of the increased risk of divorce faced by children of divorced parents.

"This means the transmission is not due to psychological or substance abuse problems that are passed from parents to the offspring," D'Onofrio said in a statement. "It's something very unique about the separation of one's parents. The societal implications are very important because divorce is such a painful experience for both adults and children."

The findings, published in the August issue of Journal of Marriage and Family, also suggests that interventions specifically targeted at the consequences of divorce are important to society.

Many communities across the United States have formal and informal programs geared toward helping families cope with divorce, according to D'Onofrio.

UPI

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