From the Institute for Families Studies, a thoughtful analysis of why children of divorce/separated, or never-married parents are exposed to much higher rates of domestic violence. Intuitively you would expect these results for separated parents, but fewer people would expect it for never-married mothers (which harks back to my earlier post this week about child abuse and non-biological fathers. Partner abuse often translates into child abuse, whether intentionally or accidentally.)
Many studies have found that young people raised in single-parent families show more achievement and behavior problems than those who grow up with both their biological parents. Family sociologists often attribute these developmental problems to the meager financial resources that single parents command, and the less adequate supervision they can exercise over their offspring. But research has also shown that childhood disturbances are linked to conflict between parents, especially when the conflict is intense or prolonged. My analysis of recent national survey data here shows that children of divorced and never-married parents are far more likely to have been exposed to domestic violence than children in married two-parent families.
Source: Zill, N. (2014). Analysis of public use microdata file from 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Hat-tip Bob McCoskrie)