Erin Mantz: Will Children Under Five Remember Their Parents' Divorce?
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Parents divorcing who have kids under five may try to find some small level of comfort in thinking: "Maybe they are too young to remember much," or "At least they're still young." Maybe not, say new study findings that show children are most affected by changes to their family structure in the first 5 years of life, before they start elementary school.
Sure, studies on divorce's impact on kids seem to come out often, as I described in a post earlier this year, "Research Says What? A Sock in the Stomach to Divorced Parents." But this one captured my attention. Rebecca Ryan of the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, who studied the effect of divorce or separation on nearly 3,500 younger and older children, found that kids who are quickly integrated into a new blended family have fewer behavior problems that those who were not.
In fact, she found that children of blended families actually receive protective benefits that seem to help them avoid some of th...
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