Sunday, July 13, 2008

Divorce leads to troubled children


From Life Site, via CFNews: On the 50th anniversary of a British longitudinal social study, researchers have revealed that the years of collected data indicate that a child whose parents are divorced is more likely to struggle academically, emotionally and in future relationships of their own, reports the Daily Telegraph.

'Divorce has repercussions that reverberate through childhood and into adulthood. Children from disrupted families tend to do less well in school and subsequent careers than their peers. They are also more likely to experience the break-up of their own partnerships,' the researchers said.

'The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing, multi-disciplinary longitudinal study which takes as its subjects all the people born in one week in England, Scotland and Wales in one week in March '958,' reads the website for the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

The study compares over '7,000 people born in '958 with several other groups of similar size born in the subsequent decades.

Besides finding an increased divorce rate among couples, the study found that, contrary to the expectations of some, an increased social acceptance of divorce over the years has not reduced the negative effects experienced by the children of divorced parents.

'It might be expected that as divorce has become more commonplace, its effects might have reduced. Yet a comparison with children born in '970 shows that this is not the case,' the researchers said.

'The estimates across cohorts are surprisingly similar in magnitude and not significantly different from one another.'

The study found that children from divorced families are less likely to be educated, and are more likely to suffer depression and to be claiming benefits. [LifeSiteNews]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen