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Family and Children



Divorce To what extent does divorce during childhood have long-term consequences for the educational attainment, economic situation, partnership formation and dissolution, and parenthood behaviour in adulthood? This paper demonstrates that in most of these domains children who experience parental divorce in childhood have more negative experiences than children reared by both their parents. Do child and family characteristics preceding divorce attenuate the relationship between the divorce itself and adult outcomes? Kathleen Kiernan shows that for the non-demographic ones there is evidence of powerful selection effects operating, particularly to do with financial hardship. In other words, children who grow up with both biological parents may end up better off educationally and economically largely because they were advantaged to begin with, not necessarily because their parents stayed together. If parents remain together until their children are grown up before separating does this lessen the legacy of divorce on their adult children's lives? The answer is in the affirmative for most of the adult outcomes, but the instability of partnerships and marriages was as high amongst those whose parents separated after they had grown up as those who experienced parental divorce during childhood. "The Legacy of Parental Divorce: Social, economic and demographic experiences in adulthood" is published by the Centre for the Analysis for Social Exclusion.


By Centre for the Analysis for Social Exclusion, UK.

Family and Children Policy Resource.

Marriage- Lite

Marriage- Lite. Cohabitation rather than marriage is becoming the norm in some societies. This book argues that rather than being 'marriage without a piece of paper' cohabitation actually is a very fragile union and carries with it a series of risks - to children, women and grandparents. "Marriage-Lite: The Rise of Cohabitation and its Consequences" by Patricia Morgan, is published by Civitas.


By Civitas, UK.

Family and Children Policy Resource.