Badly-behaved children prone to divorce

A new study has found that children who misbehave at school are more likely to get divorced as an adult.

Researchers have found adolescents with severe or mild conduct problems at school are more likely to leave with no qualifications and suffer from numerous problems when they get older, including anxiety and depression, as well as be more likely to split with their partner.

Severe behavioural problems in schools affect about seven per cent of children aged between nine and 15 and the situation has worsened in the last three decades.

The 40-year study appeared in the British Medical Journal and was led by Ian Colman, assistant professor at the University of Alberta's School of Public Health.

It was also found that children with behaviour problems are more likely to suffer financial hardship, which may mean that they would look to save money on their separation with a DIY divorce.

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Published on: January 14, 2009

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