Monday, 8 February 2010

Troubled boys can lead to divorce

The New York Times is reporting that psychologist Jack Block, 85 has died. A renowned researcher, Mr Block' s most famous study was a longitudinal one of a group of children from the age of 3 through to when they turned 32.

As part of that study, in 1986:

[The researchers, including Block] examined members of the original group whose parents eventually divorced. Conducted with Professor Gjerde, the study upended the received wisdom that divorce in and of itself causes disruptive behavior in children.

Instead, the authors found, children from the divorced families — in particular the boys — had displayed antisocial behavior years before the divorce took place. In other words, the boys’ behavior, with the stresses on family life it entailed, could have been a cause of divorce as well as a consequence.


Debbie Hewitt said...

Isn't it just as likely that the difficulties in the marriages existed long before the divorces, that couples who were eventually to divorce were already troubled perhaps years before?
And if this was the case, co-operative parenting was hardly likely to be taking place.
The kind of communication and co-operation needed to raise children effectively is unlikely to have existed at some prior time in a relationship which eventually breaks down completely.

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