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Wallerstein Findings

Reported in Time, 2/6/89

"Almost half of children of divorces enter adulthood as worried, underachieving, self-deprecating, and sometimes angry young men and women." reports Judith Wallerstein, director of the Center for the Family in Transition and author of Second Chance (Ticknor & Fields, 1988). Her conclusion is drawn from interviews conducted over a 15 year period with 60 families, mostly white middle class.

Other Wallerstein findings: Three out of five youngsters felt rejected by at least one parent. Half grew up in settings in which the parents were warring with each other even after the divorce.