Thursday, April 23, 2009

Children of Divorced Families

In the highly acclaimed report, The Effects of Divorce on America, Patrick Fagan and Robert Rector point out that “a child living with a single mother is 14 times more likely to suffer serious physical abuse than those in two-parent families, twice as likely to drop out of school, three times as likely to get pregnant as a teenager, and far more likely to commit suicide.” Katherine Kersten puts it on the line when she writes, “What is the No. 1 public health threat to American children? . . . The greatest health threat to American children is none of these. It is something we, as parents, bring on our children ourselves: divorce.”

Children of Divorced Families are:
 Twice as likely to drop out of high school.
 Twice as likely to have a child before age twenty.
 One-and-a-half times as likely to be idle—out of school and out of work—in their late twenties.
 Have lowered academic performance
 Are four times as likely to be suspended or expelled from school.
 Experience “anger, fear, sadness, worry, rejection, conflicting loyalties, lowered self-confidence, heightened anxiety, loneliness, more depressed moods, and more suicidal thoughts.
 Have negative long-term effects in income, health and behavior, even thirty years after the divorce.

From God on Sex by Daniel Aikin.

Divorce is terrible for kids... fight for your marriage!

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