posted in Divorce
on Monday, April 1, 2013.
Parents in Fairfield, Connecticut, are often afraid of how a divorce may affect their kids. It is an understandable worry considering the number of studies and reports that suggest connections between divorce and mental or social health issues. One such study that was recently released indicates that divorce and smoking could be associated with one another.
Researchers with the University of Toronto found that adults who experienced the divorce of their parents before they were 18 years old were more likely to start smoking than others. The study looked at data that was taken in 2010 from 19,000 Americans over the age of 18. According to the researchers, more than 3,800 individuals — 2,300 women and 1,500 men — from that pool had experienced the divorce of their parents before they reached adulthood. Approximately 9,300 individuals — 5,000 women and 4,300 men — out of the 19,000-person data group had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetimes.
The study determined that women who were under the age of 18 during the divorce were 39 percent more likely to smoke 100 cigarettes or more while men were 48 percent more likely to do the same. Certain factors often related to divorce likely played a factor in this, but researchers said that even after accounting for them, there was still a definite relationship between divorce and smoking. Those factors include higher levels of mental health issues amongst children of divorce as well as lower levels of income and education among them.
Regardless of what the study says, if parents believe that divorce is the right choice, they should probably go through with it. Attorneys often help divorcing parents keep the best interests of the children in mind, potentially allowing the parents to negate the supposed risks that come with being a child of divorce. This often includes making sure that the parents do not act extremely adversarial toward one another.
Source: U.S. News Health, “Parents’ Divorce May Up Kids’ Odds for Smoking as Adults,” March 25, 2013