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Not Better Off

Psychology Today, in Homemade, July, 1985

A five year study of children of divorced parents in California questions that children are better off when their parents divorce than when they stay in an unhappy marriage. Many of the children would have been "content to hobble along in an unhappy marriage and they did not experience the divorce as a solution to their unhappiness." Most of them harbored fantasies of a "magical reconciliation." The divorced family is less adaptive economically, socially, and psychologically to the raising of children than the two-parent family.