For the sake of their children, a new study has suggested, parents should opt out of a bad marriage. In marriages with a lot of conflict, 'staying together for the kids' does more harm than good, say researchers. Their study showed that children of parents who fight a lot yet stay married experience more conflict in their own adult relationships than children of parents who fight and do get a divorce. "The basic implication is, 'Don't stay together for the sake of the children if you're in a high conflict marriage,'" Live Science quoted study researcher Constance Gager, of Montclair State University in New Jersey, as saying. For the study, Gager and her colleagues analyzed the results of a national survey involving nearly 7,000 married couples and their children in the United States. The researchers found that children who grew up in high conflict families fared better in their adult relationships if their parents got a divorce. The results held even after the researchers took into account other factors that could have influenced the children's relationships when they were older, such as the whether the participants acted out as a children or had trouble getting along with others. That isn't to say divorce doesn't affect children in the short-term, the researchers said. "There is research to show in the short-term, kids go through a one- to two-year crisis period when their parents divorce, but that they are resilient, and they come back from that divorce," Gager said. Gager said that constant exposure to their parents' strife is likely what causes children's future relationships to suffer. "If they're constantly exposed to conflict, and the parents stay together, that means there's many more years they're exposed to conflict by their parents. Whereas if their parents get divorced, at least there's a chance the parents will have less conflict after the divorce," Gager said. The study was presented last year at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America. Source: ANI << Preterm Delivery Not a Risk of Air Pollution Relieve Neuropathic Pain Without Marijuana's Side Effects >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Cross-Border Divorces Made Easier In Europe With New EU Pact The European parliament backed Wednesday a pact between 14 EU states aimed at allowing divorcing couples of different nationalities to pick the national law they want for their breakup. READ MORE Rawalpindi Witnesses Rise In Divorce Petitions By 'Love Marriage' Couples There has been a rise in cases of divorce seeking love marriage couples during the last six months in Pakistan's Rawalpindi district, revealed a survey of various family courts. READ MORE Divorce Law Pact Sealed by European Nations Couples of different European nationalities will be able to choose which divorce laws will apply under a new deal struck between 14 countries on Friday. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Sanatogen Color Blindness Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?