According to Robert Hughes, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University:
“It is important to note that while divorce increases children’s risk for a variety of problems, not all children who experience divorce have problems. Children of divorce are twice as likely as children living in nondivorced families to experience difficulties. Roughly 20% to 25% of these children will have problems. Another way of saying this is that 75% to 80% will not experience these difficulties. In other words, while children of divorce are at greater risk, most will not have major problems.”
Considering your text readings in regards to divorce – what factors do you believe can help eliminate or reduce a child’s risk for problems as a result of divorced parent? And, at what age do you believe that divorce is no longer a problem for children – in other words is there a certain age when being a child of divorced parents is not an issue? Is divorce worse for the parents or the children? Why?