Date: Fri Jan 24 2003 - 12:38:47 EST
Posted as a follow up to the e-mail describing a mature man with two children
who abandoned his family to become a homosexual - to illustrate the
importance of sound marital relationships and the negative effects on
children when those relationships fail
Subject: Children from broken homes suffer more emotional, psychological
illnesses, study claims
Copyright © 2003 AP Online
By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer
LONDON (January 23, 2003 8:17 p.m. EST) - Children growing up in
single-parent families are twice as likely as their counterparts to develop
serious psychiatric illnesses and addictions later in life, according to an
important new study.
Researchers have for years debated whether children from broken homes
bounce back or whether they are more likely than kids whose parents stay
together to develop serious emotional problems.
Experts say the latest study, published this week in The Lancet medical
journal, is important mainly because of its unprecedented scale and follow-up
it tracked about 1 million children for a decade, into their mid-20s.
The question of why and how those children end up with such problems
remains unanswered. The study suggests that financial hardship may play a
but other experts say the research also supports the view that quality of
parenting could be a factor.
The study used the Swedish national registries, which cover almost the
entire population and contain extensive socio-economic and health information.
Children were considered to be living in a single-parent household if they
living with the same single adult in both the 1985 and 1990 housing census.
That could have been the result of divorce, separation, death of a parent, out
of wedlock birth, guardianship or other reasons.
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