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Study - Divorce Has A Bigger Impact On Children Than Death

Taken from the article written by Rakib Ehsan for UnHerd

A new study published by Demographic Research has found that parental divorce had a larger impact than parental death on youth educational attainment.

The study was based on data drawn from 17 countries.

These findings are important considering the changes to the family structure in the UK over the last decade. As stated in last year’s Sewell report authored by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED),

More accepting attitudes towards divorce and more autonomy for women has increased human freedom… However, as these freedoms have grown, there is also greater stress on families and the prevalence of breakdown has increased.

From the article,

In recent times, there has been a surge in divorces in modern-day Britain. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that in England and Wales, there was a total of 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019 — an increase of 18.4% from the 2018 figure of 90,871. Divorce enquiries to British legal firms soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, with lockdowns and social distancing ending previous ‘separate’ routines and external leisure activities that served to mask underlying marital problems. While it is admittedly sensitive territory, there now needs to be a frank national conversation on the risks of marital breakdown and the degree of public respect for marriage as a social institution with moral obligations.

Read the full article at UnHerd