Study reveals impact of divorce on children

NZ Herald 30 December 2013
Divorced parents are often in denial about how badly the break-up has damaged their children, a new UK survey has found.

More than three quarters believed their children had ‘coped well’ – even though just 18 per cent of youngsters said they were happy with the situation.

Many parents fail to notice that their children are turning to drink and drugs, or even considering suicide, the poll found. Some were insensitive enough to break the news of the divorce to their children by text.

One in five of the children polled felt there was no point confiding in either their mother or father because they were ‘too wrapped up in themselves’.

The survey, by parenting website Netmums, polled about 1000 divorced parents and 100 children aged eight to 18 from broken homes in the UK.