Children of Divorce and Longevity/Martin Rosenfeld

Posted on April 11, 2011


Just when one would think they have seen every startling statistic about divorce, a new one is presented. As reported at Huffington Post, two psychologists, Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin have reported in a new book that children of divorce potentially have shorter life expectancies than do other children from intact marriages. The factors are so varied that a quick review of the article in question is in order. However, the findings are based on solid data and do make sense in their conclusions.
Notwithstanding the above there is a word of reassurance. Children of divorce who develop positive, nurturing social relationships in their adult lives do have longevity expectations that rival that of their peers. This study has dramatic implications for all concerned parents and is worth a quick perusal.