Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 21, 2021

How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

From Health Day:

Kids who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment, new research warns.

"We found that exposure to conflict predicted children's fear that they would be abandoned by one or both parents," said lead author Karey O'Hara, an assistant research professor of psychology at Arizona State University in Tempe. "In turn, children who reported higher fear of abandonment were more likely to report more mental health problems 11 months later," based on interviews with both the kids and their teachers.

Still, parents can do something about it: Just don't argue and fight in front of the kids, O'Hara urged.

"It is also important for parents to make sure that their children know that although they are separated or divorced, they will continue to care for them, to quell any fears of abandonment that the child might have," O'Hara said.

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