The divorce handled poorly handled by the parents, rather than the divorce in itself, which could lead to further behavioural problems in the child - claims a researcher. "It is not divorce in itself that can lead to problems in children. It is the divorce linked to interparental conflict, a lack of co-parenting, an unsuitable family climate, etc.," said Priscila Comino, a researcher at the University of the Basque Country's (UPV/EHU) Faculty of Psychology. Comino has gathered data on 416 children between the ages of 4 and 18 to study and compare the behaviour of the offspring of divorced parents (214) with that of the offspring of married parents (202). The results show that there is no reason why the problems of a child of divorced parents should go beyond those that a child of married parents could have, as long as the parents have adapted positively to their new situation. The study involves a series of questionnaires filled in by the parents, so the children are kept on the sidelines. "They were asked to provide details of a socio-demographic type. Then the divorced parents were given the questionnaire dealing with the adaptation to divorce or separation, and both the divorced and married parents were given the test relating to the children," explained Comino. According to the results obtained in the thesis, there are however differences in the average psychological well-being of the offspring of divorced and married parents, being more favourable in the case of the latter. But despite that, the children of divorced parents mostly emerge as well-adjusted emotionally. The results further indicted that divorce is in fact only a problem when it is associated with other risk factors, like: interparental conflict, inadequate co-parenting, changes in the child's daily routines or psychological problems of the parents themselves. "If the parents have adapted positively to the divorce (this adaptation being understood as the encouraging of a positive context, an adequate co-parenting relationship and fewer problems of the parents themselves), the offspring are not going to have any more behavioural problems than those of the offspring of married parents," said Comino. "The confirmation of this relationship between the parents' adaptation and the adjustment of the offspring is essential with a view to working with the parents and achieving benefits, in them themselves and in their offspring," she concluded.Source: ANI << The Art of Listening to Your Body Ė Fitness Workshop Why Folks Misjudge Their Conduct in Awkward Situation >> Recommended Reading 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 Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Diminishing Differences and Empowering Eves Each year, from the 4th to the 10th of March, the world is awash with the celebrations of the International Women's Week. READ MORE Children With Depressed Dads at an Increased Risk of Behavioural Problems Children with depressed fathers carry an elevated risk of developing emotional and behavioural problems as compared to their peers with happier fathers. 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 Sanatogen Drug Interaction Checker Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Height and Weight-KidsHow to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?