Children of Divorce Score Worse in Math, Social Skills

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Children of Divorce Score Worse in Math, Social Skills


NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Children of divorced parents often fall behind their classmates in math and social skills and are more likely to suffer anxiety, stress and low self-esteem, according to a new study.Researcher Hyun Sik Kim, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the study showed that the detrimental effects on the children do not start until after the parents begin divorce proceedings."People tend to think that couples go through intense marital conflict before the divorce," Kim, a PhD candidate in sociology, he said in a statement."My original prediction was that children of divorce would experience negative impacts even before formal divorce processes began. But my study finds that this is not the case."The findings, published in the American Sociological Review, are based on data that tracked the development of 3,585 students from kindergarten through fifth grade to examine the impact before, during and after the divorce.Kim compared the progress of children whose parents were going through a divorce with youngsters from stable families. …

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