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How Divorce Harms Kids, and How to Lessen That Harm

  • Published: February 12, 2021

Kids who see their parents bicker during a separation or divorce are more likely to develop a fear of abandonment, new research warns…“We found that exposure to conflict predicted children’s fear that they would be abandoned by one or both parents,” said lead author Karey O’Hara…“In turn, children who reported higher fear of abandonment were more likely to report more mental health problems 11 months later”…Dr. Anne Glowinski, said parents should know that good parenting after divorce means owning their contributions to conflict, and seeking help if they aren’t able to control and mitigate conflict on their own. “The tried-and-true way of reducing conflict is the practice of non-violent communication,” she added.

The findings were published online Jan. 12 in the journal Child Development…Read More

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