Damage to children from parental conflict in a divorce
A thirty-year longitudinal study of children of divorce indicates that if there is parental conflict during and after a divorce, there are the following consequences:
Consequences for minor children
- Lower academic achievement.
- More behavior problems.
- Poorer psychological adjustment.
- More negative self-concepts.
- More social difficulties.
- More problematic relationships with mothers and fathers.
Consequences for adult children
- Lower psychological well-being.
- More behavioral problems.
- Less education.
- Lower job status and lower standard of living.
- More likely to never marry or lower marital satisfaction.
- More likely not to have children.
- Heightened risk for divorce.