There's new research that shows if parents divorce when their children are young, it can affect the child's relationships with their parents as adults. Specifically it says more than likely the divorce will make them insecure in their parental relationship later in life.
R. Chris Fraley is the study's author. He's a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This was no small study. Fraley analyzed data from over 7,000 men and women with an average age of 24. All participated in a survey. More than a third were of parents who divorced. The average age of the children at the time of the divorce was nine.
Fraley says men and women from divorced parents were less likely to see their current relationship with their parents as secure. And the younger they were at divorce time, the less secure they felt as adults. The study found that the divorce did not have a substantial effect on their relationships with romantic partners.
Fraley also found that adult children had the most insecure relationship with the parent they did not live with after the divorce.
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