It's not divorce that affects kids, it's the conflict

Identify how divorce contributes to negative outcomes for children to help shape the right policies to strengthen families

There is a need to identify what it is about divorce that contributes to the negative developmental outcomes in children and why some are more vulnerable than others, say the author. PHOTO: ST FILE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

The Ministry of Social and Family Development earlier this month published a landmark study on the long-term effects of divorce on children.

Compared with peers whose parents remained married, these children were less likely to have graduated from university, earned less and had lower Central Provident Fund balances at age 35. They were also more likely to be unmarried or divorced.

Already a subscriber? 

Dive deeper at $0.99/month

Want more exclusives, sharp insights into what's happening at home and abroad? Subscribe to stay informed.

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • 2-week e-paper archive so you never miss out on any topic that matters to you

Get the ST Smart Parenting newsletter for expert advice. Visit the microsite for more.