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Your Health: July 17, 2013 Divorce in early childhood

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 Divorce in early childhood can affect how secure young children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults.   This is according to new research.   A professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analyzed data from more than 7,000 men and women, around age 24, who participated in a survey about personality and close relationships online.
    More than one-third of the participants' parents had divorced.   The children were around nine years old at the time of the divorce.
     Men and women from divorced families were less likely to see their current relationship with their parents as secure.
 Those who parents divorced when they were under 5 were more insecure than those whose parents divorced when they were older.
     Researcher found when a person feels they have a secure relationship with a parent, they feel they can trust them and depend on them and that the parent will be available psychologically.
     The study also revealed feelings of insecurity were much greater for the adult children's relationships with their fathers.
      The findings appear online in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

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