In her landmark book: “The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce,” Judith Wallerstein revealed disturbing evidence about the long-term affects of divorce.
For 25 years, Wallerstein (and her team) followed the lives of more than a hundred children from the time their parents went through divorce into their own adulthood experiences. The book details seven of those children who characterize the common experiences of the larger group.
According to the study, “adult children of divorce are telling us loud and clear that their parents’ anger at the time of the breakup is not what matters most. Unless there was violence or abuse or unremitting high a conflict, they have dim memories of what transpired during this supposedly critical period. It’s the many years living in a post-divorce or remarried family that count, according to this first generation to come of age and tell us their experience. It’s feeling sad, lonely…
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