A recent study from Florida State University indicates that divorce has less of a long-term impact than previously thought. The study is one of the first to look at the long-term impact of divorce on children through adulthood rather than the immediate impact and how it affects their adolescence.
The new study found that the effects of divorce on children are likely to lessen over time. These findings by Kevin Beaver, the Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology, were published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
About the Research
Researchers examined data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. This study began gathering information in 1994 when research participants were in middle school or high school and continued gathering information every three to 4 years until 2008 when participants had reached age 28 to 32. The study gathered data from about 15,000 participants.
Researchers found that subjects with parents who had divorced between the first research period and the second were associated with more acts of juvenile delinquency during that time period. They also found that the correlation between delinquency and divorce lessened over time.
The researchers concluded that the data suggest that there is a small increase in juvenile delinquency for children of divorce during their early adolescent and teen years that decreases as they reach their later teens and adulthood. There was no increase in juvenile delinquency for participants whose parents had already divorced prior to the initial research period.
For future research, the authors of the study suggested that the effect of divorce on earlier age groups and juvenile delinquency over time could be studied, as well as participants' perception of the family environment prior to changes in family structure.
Correlation Between Family Structure and Divorce
The researchers also examined the correlation between family structure after divorce and found that there was no effect on juvenile delinquency over time. Moving from a single-parent home into a blended family home with a step-parent had no effect on delinquency.
Researchers did find that moving from a traditional two-parent household into a stepfamily household did have a slight correlation with juvenile delinquency that decreased over time.
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