Senator Dan Coates, Imprimis, Vol 20, #9, September, 1991
One study found that 18 months after a divorce, children have a rate of sudden, serious psychological problems comparable to "victims of natural disaster." Sixty-five percent of the children&md;who had been functioning well before the divorce&md;couldn't concentrate in school, couldn't eat or sleep properly, couldn't make friends, were depressed, withdrawn or hostile. Even ten years after a divorce , over 40 percent of these young people still had no set goals, a limited education and a sense of hopelessness about their lives. The study's author concludes, "Almost half of the children of divorce enter adulthood as worried, underachieving and sometimes angry young men and women."