02 Jun '11, 4am

Children of divorced parents fall behind their peers in math and social skills; more likely to suffer anxiety: Study

NEW YORK - CHILDREN of divorced parents often fall behind their classmates in mathematics and social skills and are more likely to suffer anxiety, stress and low self-esteem, according to a new study. Researcher Kim Hyun Sik, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the study showed that the detrimental effects on the children do not start until after the parents begin divorce proceedings. 'People tend to think that couples go through intense marital conflict before the divorce,' Mr Kim, a PhD candidate in sociology, he said in a statement. 'My original prediction was that children of divorce would experience negative impacts even before formal divorce processes began. But my study finds that this is not the case.' The findings, published in the American Sociological Review, are based on data that tracked the development of 3,585 students from kindergarten through fift...

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