Many parents that are facing the possibility of divorce, are worried about the impact the change in family structure will have on their children. Often children are upset by their parents splitting up, but one more serious concern that parents have is that the split will cause their teenagers to exhibit violent or criminal behavior.
Previous studies have linked changes in family structure, like divorce, to juvenile delinquency. A new study published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, finds that divorce might cause a temporary increase in criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency, but this behavior usually evens out after some time has passed.
This study was conducted by Florida State University researcher Kevin Beaver. “Essentially what we found is divorce, broken families or blended families might be detrimental for the child in the here and now, but that impact may erode over time,” Beaver said. “It might not have this long-term effect.”
This is good news for parents who are worried about the extent of the negative impact their divorce may have on their children.
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