ANCHOR LEAD: SHOULD DIVORCED PARENTS REMAIN SINGLE TO BENEFIT THEIR CHILDREN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Divorced parents who choose new partners slowly and deliberately may benefit their children, a Johns Hopkins study suggests. Andrew Cherlin, one of the study’s authors, says stability for kids is key.
CHERLIN: The more changes kids go through in parents and parent’s partners moving in and out the more difficulties they show. Those difficulties are acting out behavior at home, for somewhat older kids delinquency. The kinds of things you’d like your kid to avoid, not disasters but serious issues for some. :16
Cherlin says the take home message to parents is clear.
CHERLIN: So, we’re saying to parents take your time, find good partners, try your best to have stable relationships, and see if you can make sure that your kids have as few changes as possible over the time that they’re growing up. :12
Negative effects of parental relationship instability were seen more often in higher socioeconomic brackets. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.