New research has found that couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce, especially if they have larger families, as compared to those couples raising typically developing kids. Parenting a child with a developmental disability involves challenges and rewards that are unique to each family and prior research has shown that parents of a child with a developmental disability tend to experience greater marital stress compared to peers raising typically developing children. As a result, there has been "a conception that, in general, parents of children with disabilities are more likely to experience divorce, and we wanted to test that assumption", said first author of the study Eun Ha Namkung from University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the US. The team used data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study that has been following more than 10,000 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957 and some of their siblings for more than 50 years. The researchers found that about 22 percent of parents with a child with developmental disability experienced divorce over the span of the study. They also found that among couples with children without any disabilities, the risk of divorce was lowest for couples with one child and increased with each successive child. In contrast, the risk of divorce for parents of children with developmental disabilities remained unchanged with increasing family size. "Our results clearly show that the effects of having additional children are different for families of individuals with developmental disabilities compared to the effects on the general population," said Namkung. He suggested that "other children in the family may be a vital support system for parents coping with the care of a child with a developmental disability". The study was published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.Source: IANS << TV Commercials With Toy Premiums Lure Kids to Fast Food India Ranks 103 in the List of World's Healthiest Countries >> Recommended Reading Married People More Likely to Bounce Back After Heart Surgery Than Divorced People Going into surgery, the married participants already tended to be healthier than their counterparts in the study. READ MORE Unmarried, Divorced, Widowed Women Significantly More Concerned About Women's Status Never married, divorced and widowed women 18 years of age and older are typically more liberal and democratic compared to other married women. READ MORE Women In United States are Likelier Than Men to Initiate Divorce Women were more likely to initiate divorces because married women reported lower levels of relationship quality than married men. READ MORE 'Hurt' Women Initiate 69 Percent of All Divorces Compared to 31 Percent for Men Men please take note! Women seem to have a predominant role in initiating divorces as far back as there is data from a variety of sources, back to the 1940s. 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 How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Nervous Tic Trigeminal Neuralgia or tic douloureux is one of the most painful nervous system disorders that affect the face READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Color Blindness Calculator Hearing Loss Calculator Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Nervous TicHeight and Weight-KidsHow to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?