What Are the Effects of a Broken Family on Children?

Government research reveals that a broken family is likely to cause children to suffer damaging mental troubles five times more than children with parents staying together, Steve Doughty explains on MailOnline.com. Moreover, the research shows that children with two parents are more likely to avoid slipping into anti-social behavior and emotional distress.

Doughty reports that children often suffer badly from a parental breakup or divorce, and those raised by a single parent usually perform poorly in their studies, suffer bad health and fall into addiction, crime and poverty in adulthood. The study unveiled that children whose parents split when they were between five and 16 years old had higher possibilities of developing an emotional disorder and a conduct disorder. The research findings say that the family backgrounds of children are as important as the health, income and educational qualifications of their households.

Children from broken homes experience a hard time finishing school and finding a job, says Stephen Lunn of News Corp Australian. Studies show that these children have higher tendencies of entering into multiple live-in relationships upon reaching adulthood. Moreover, girls from divorced families are more likely to become teenage mothers. Children from divorced families engage in de facto relationships instead of marriage as a means of self-protection to avoid social and economic risks related to marriage.