Marriage Less Likely for Divorce Children; Kids Potentially Impacted Psychologically by the Drama of Parents' Divorce
AUSTRALIANS whose parents divorced when they were children were less likely to marry and more likely to get divorced themselves, a new report shows.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics report also found that people who had experienced the divorce or the death of a parent in childhood were less likely to complete school and had lower incomes than people who did not.
"The experience of parental divorce or separation, or the death of a parent, can potentially impact adversely on a child's psychological wellbeing and their economic and social success as adults," the Australian Social Trends report on Parental Divorce Or Death During Childhood said.
About one-in-four people aged 18-34 years had experienced the divorce or separation of their parents during their childhood.
Using data from 2006-07, the ABS discovered people aged 18-24, whose parents had divorced, were more likely to be in a live-in relationship (32%) than those who hadn't (17%).
However, when it came to getting married, just 42% of people aged 18-34 had tied the knot, compared with 53% of those whose parents stayed together.
Those in the 35-44 and 45-54 age groups of people experiencing parental divorce also had lower rates of marriage compared with people who did not.
However, marriage rates evened out for the 55-64 group, which was less likely to experience parental divorce during childhood. …