Academics Often Suffer During Divorce

Children of divorce suffer psychologically and frequently have lower academic achievement than children from intact families.

Not only do they score lower on measures of self?esteem and psychological adjustment than do children of intact families, or even than children living with single mothers who have never been married, but they are also more likely than those of intact families to drop out of high school. A child of a divorced family is two times more likely to drop out of high school than a child from an intact family. Children from divorced families may also be less likely to attend college.

Many times academic difficulties appear associated with those children of single-mother families. Studies suggest that this may be directly related to the negative economical influence of divorce. The divorce may result in the parent and children moving to an area with a higher poverty rate and a poor education system all due to the financial struggles of a single parent.

Moreover, the children of continuously married parents achieve higher levels of socioeconomic status, income, and wealth accumulation than children of divorce. Higher levels of socioeconomic status, income, and wealth accumulation are associated with higher and better educational achievement.

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