Children affected as soon as divorce proceedings begin
There have been various studies looking at how children are affected after their parents’ divorce. A newly-released study looks at the effects of divorce before, during, and after:
Young kids whose parents divorce struggle with math, social skills and emotions such as anxiety and depression for at least two years after the split, a new study finds.
The research is the first long-term study to break down the effects of divorce by the predivorce, during-divorce and postdivorce phases. Surprisingly, said study researcher Hyun Sik Kim, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, parents’ predivorce marital problems didn’t influence their kids’ social and school success. But once divorce proceedings began, children fell behind and failed to catch up for at least two years. [emphasis added] ….
He found that kids of divorce began to struggle as soon as their parents began divorce proceedings. Over the next two years, the kids of divorce stayed behind other kids on math skills and social skills and they began “internalizing behavior problems,” that is, behavior problems that manifest themselves by way of sadness, loneliness, anxiety and depression, Kim found.