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K.Shafer, T.M. Jensen & E.K. Holmes (2017) Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(3), 851–862.

Most studies look at either divorce or new step-families.

We know that divorce can have some long term negative effects on a child, but there seems to be an interaction between these and the effects of a new step-family which makes some individuals feel very low. This reminds us that even if we as adults are more happy when we meet a new partner, our children may not feel that. Give your child time and space to get used to their new step-parent and try to keep this merging of families as stress-free as possible.

This study looks at both.

Young adults who had had stressful experiences of both had higher levels of depression.


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