Research highlights relationship, employment and education woes

Herald Sun October 01, 2010
CHILDREN of divorce are more likely to have a marriage bust-up themselves and drop out of school, a new study shows. They have less chance of tying the knot, but are more likely to shack up with a partner at a younger age than those whose parents who had not split, the Australian Bureau of Statistics report found. Children who lost a parent were also less likely to stay in school, get a job or pull a good income than people who had not. “The experience of parental divorce or separation, or the death of a parent, can potentially impact adversely on a child’s psychological wellbeing and their economic and social success as adults,” the Australian Social Trends report on Parental Divorce Or Death During Childhood said. About one-in-four people aged 18-34 years had experienced the divorce or separation of their parents during their childhood.Using data from 2006/07, the ABS discovered people aged 18-24, whose parents had divorced, were more likely to be in a live-in relationship (32 per cent) than those who hadn’t (17 per cent). However, when it came to getting married, just 42 per cent of people aged 18-34 had tied the knot, compared to 53 per cent of those whose parents stayed together. Those in the 35-44 and 45-54 age groups of people experiencing parental divorce also had lower rates of marriage compared with people who did not. Divorce was also more likely among those aged 25-34 who got married, the report found.