NewsWed Oct 22, 2003 - 12:15 pm EST
Study Reveals Long-term Psychological Problems of Children of Divorce
WASHINGTON, October 22, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new study in the Journal of Family Studies shows that the majority of babies who alternate living with their divorced parents develop long-lasting psychological problems.
Jennifer McIntosh, a clinical psychologist and family therapist, says alternating between divorced parents causes “disorganised attachment” in 60% of children under 18 months. In the long term, these children grow up to have “alarming levels of emotional insecurity and poor ability to regulate strong emotion” as teens and adults. A federal parliamentary inquiry into child custody is looking at the merits of 50-50 arrangements, something the doctor called a “dangerous idea.” She told the inquiry: “Shared parenting in the absence of a parental relationship that can support the necessary co-operation is fraught for children, particularly pre-schoolers. Equally, shared residence, that often manifests in week-about arrangements, runs counter to the developmental needs for a secure predictable existence with their primary attachment figure, be that father or mother.” For local coverage: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/20/1066631356395.html