The bad news about divorce for children continues. First, I read The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, which was all about how children of divorced parents have immense difficulty with relationships, even 20 years later.
Today I read about this study. (The published paper is here.) Apparently, children with divorced parents are half as likely to apply, be accepted, or attend an elite college as children with married parents (even when you control for parents' income, students' GPAs, etc.). For this reason, the population of children with divorced parents at Cornell University and similar elite institutions is around 10% (even though about 50% of children nationally have divorced parents). Since the college you attend (or if you attend) is one of the main determinants of your future career, social mobility, and economic status, this is a big deal.Everyone knows that divorce is stressful for children; but I don't think everyone realizes that its effects are so long-lasting, shaping children's entire life trajectory and giving them a permanent handicap. While sometimes divorce is necessary, this suggests to me that it should be a rare and desperate act (if you have children).
What sobering news (especially considering the current US divorce rate).