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Could divorce cause health issues for children later in life?

Many divorcing parents in New Orleans are primarily worried about one thing: the children. Property division and spousal support may both be financially important, but the child custody determination is one that can determine the emotional future for a parent and her or his children. The rest of a child's life can be affected by which parent is given primary custody. Due to this, many have realized that custody determination is extremely important.

According to research, the outcome of a divorce and the marital conflict preceding it may have long-term effects on the health of a child. Many know that divorce is stressful for all parties involved. For the parents, this stress is both financial and emotional. For children, it is mostly emotional. But many professionals have realized the connection between stress and physical indications, so why couldn't divorce cause some physical issues?

According to an upcoming report, two researchers believe that there is a potential link between parental divorce and a higher chance for stroke. The study examined the health records of 3,900 men and 5,632 women from a nationwide sample. The data was taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To be certain that no other factors could increase the likelihood of stroke, the researchers took note of certain information related to health care use, mental health issues, marital status, social support, diabetes, smoking, alcohol use, body mass index, physical activity, education and income.

Any indicators of stroke from the aforementioned data fields were accounted for and removed so that parental divorce could be the only factor. Individuals who reported abuse during their childhood or a parent that abused substances were excluded from the study as well.

According to the study, there was no effect of divorce on the likelihood of strokes for women. But in men, parental divorce was correlated with a likelihood of stroke three times higher than men that did not experience a parental divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "Does Parental Divorce Take A Toll On The Long-Term Physical Health Of Children?," Robert Hughes, Jr., Oct. 9, 2012

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