With the timing and sequence of ‘young adult transitions’ bearing importance for successes in later life, this news about these transitions and their occurrence in ‘high-conflict’ families shows that staying together for the sake of the kids doesn’t necessarily help:
Compared with children in low-conflict families, children from high-conflict families are more likely to drop out of school, have poor grades, smoke, binge drink, use marijuana, have early sex, be young and unmarried when they have a child and then experience the breakup of that relationship.
As interesting as this may be, I find that the opening paragraph taints the whole article. It states that (emphasis mine) “Adolescents tend to fare betterâ€”academically and behaviorallyâ€”when they live with both biological parents”. However recent research contradicts this, suggesting that this viewpoint is wholly incorrect.
The specific study I’m thinking of (which I admit to being slightly biased towards for various reasons) comes from Cambridge University’s Centre for Family Research and looks at the psychological well being of children from ‘non-traditional families’. This research found no difference in relationship quality between children and their biological or non-biological parents. As the BBC noted of the research; “Children conceived using donor sperm or eggs or through surrogacy do as well emotionally as those conceived naturally”.
via Mind Hacks