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.
Posted on February 21, 2018