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Divorce's Shocking Effects on Children

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Even if kids are too young to understand exactly what is going on during a divorce, the effects on their health and well-being are profound. Extra's "Lifechangers" compiled these statistics from WorldVillage.com about divorce's impact on children.

Shocking Statistics on Children and Divorce

Absentee Fathers

Forty percent of children growing up in America today are being raised without their fathers.

Psychological Problems

Compared to children from homes disrupted by death, children from divorced homes have more psychological problems.

Second Divorces

Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent's marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent's second marriage.

Multiple Breakups

Among the millions of children who have seen their parents divorce, one of every 10 will also live through three or more parental marriage breakups.

A Birthday to Dread

Of all children born to married parents this year, fifty percent will experience the divorce of their parents before they reach their 18th birthday.

Creating Loners

Studies in the early 1980's showed that children in repeat divorces earned lower grades and their peers rated them as less pleasant to be around.

Troubled Teens

Teenagers in single-parent families and in blended families are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year.

Risk of Injury

Children of divorce are at a greater risk to experience injury, asthma, headaches and speech defects than children whose parents have remained married.

Health Problems

Following divorce, children are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems than two parent families.

Thriving Kids

Children living with both biological parents are 20 to 35 percent more physically healthy than children from broken homes.


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