Divorce Impacts are Felt into Adulthood 

 

 

2015...............Year study published

 

50...................Age of individual when health was assessed                                          

 

1958..............Date of National Child Development study

 

17,000..........Participants in study (Born in England, Scotland and Wales during a one week period)

 

7.....................Age of child at time of parental divorce

 

 

 

Why was this study done?

 

To look at the timing of parental divorce and the effects on adult health outcomes.

 

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What did they do?

 

Evaluated information collected from birth to age 50.  Individuals that experienced parental divorce before age 7  had poorer health.

 

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How information was used?

 

Evaluated information from the 1958 Birth Cohort Study that included information collected from birth to age 50.

 

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Discussion

 

~  Offers an opportunity to examine early experiences and impact on, emotional, and physical development.

 

~  Indicates the result of a cumulative process in child development where early experiences associated with parental divorce may lead to less desirable outcomes.

 

~  Offers insight into how early exposure to risks and opportunities affect health and longevity.

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Comments

 

Additional research could include parental involvement and the effects of parental divorce on, different, racial, and ethnic groups. Possible considerations include a study in the USA.

 

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Divorce impacts felt into adulthood by Kristie Auman-Bauer.  Published recently in the Longitudinal and Life Course Studies: International Journal, and was supported in part by Penn State Population Research Institute in the Social Science Research Institute and the National Institute of Aging. December 9, 2015.  DOI

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