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18 February 2011

Long-term effects of divorce on children

Katherine Bain of the Depression and Anxiety Support Group outlines the long-term effects of divorce on children’s adjustment and behaviour.

Two out of every three marriages in South Africa ends in divorce. In the past studies focused mainly on the immediate effects of marital conflict and divorce on children's adjustment and behaviour. Long-term studies have also revealed a lot of information on the residual effects that last long into adulthood.

Divorce has also been associated with economic deprivation, which causes a disrupted home life which. This in turn, is associated with subsequent diminished academic achievement, low occupational attainment and poverty.

 
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