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The Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Children

By Leslie Fineberg on July 9, 2013

Chicago Family LawAccording to The Huffington Post, a new study was recently published online about the effects of divorce on children. It will also appear in the September 2013 issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

A total of 7,735 people were surveyed about themselves and their relationships, and more than a third of the participants grew up with divorced parents.

The results of the study suggest that a child’s relationship with his or her parents is impacted in a negative way if the parents divorce when the child is at a very young age. Later in life, the child will generally feel more distant from his or her parents and have a difficult time establishing close relationships with them. More specifically, those who experience the divorce of their parents between birth and three to five years old will have more trouble connecting with their parents than those whose parents divorce when they are at a later age.

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