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Bitter divorce can hurt children's health

Kentucky parents know that stress can have a real effect on their children, and new studies show that children who went through their parents' acrimonious divorces may have weaker immune systems.

As Reuters reports, a study from Carnegie Mellon University studied over 200 adults who were in good health. The adults were quarantined and then exposed to a cold virus to see who would contract it over a period of five days. Adults who had their parents separate and remain estranged throughout their childhoods were more than three times more likely to catch a cold than the adults who grew up with both of their parents. Interestingly, adults who had parents separate as children but remain on amicable terms throughout their childhoods were no more likely to catch a cold than those who came from two-parent households. Since previous studies have shown that children whose parents divorce experience negative heath effects, the researchers believe the level of animosity associated with the divorce could have some bearing on how a child's health is impacted.

Lessening the burden children have to carry throughout their parents' divorce is becoming the motive for repairing relationships. As USA Today reports, more parents are trying to get along after the divorce to make life less difficult for the children, or in some cases, the grandchildren. At times this includes living nearby one another, and at others, the amicable relationship fades as the children grow older and then resumes at the birth of the first grandchildren with new spouses included in gatherings. Although being friendly and getting along has to have boundaries to prevent the children from hoping for a true reconciliation, trying to maintain the family ties despite the divorce has worked for some families.

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