I can’t help thinking that because divorce is becoming increasingly common that society foolishly assumes children are more than ever capable of overcoming the split of their parents. This is just not true. Children find it as hard as ever to reconcile the breakdown of their parents’ marriage.
The research strongly backs my position and signals a need for greater school support. Perhaps we shouldn’t wait to see signs of distress, and instead offer support as soon as the breakup occurs:
Children of divorced parents are more likely to get bad exam results, drink, take drugs and develop eating disorders, a survey has shown.
Nearly two thirds of children who saw the break-up of their families claimed it had a negative effect on their GCSEs.
One in eight said they had used drugs or alcohol and almost a third said they ate more or less as a result.
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