LONDONâ€”Children growing up in single-parent families have twice the risk of developing serious psychiatric problems or addictions later in life, says a new study.
The scientists found that children with single parents were twice as likely as those living with two parents to develop severe depression or schizophrenia, to kill themselves or attempt suicide, and to develop an alcohol-related disease.
Girls were three times more likely to become drug addicts if they lived with a sole parent, and boys were four times more likely.
Experts say the latest study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal, is important because of its unprecedented scale and follow-up â€” it tracked about 1 million children for a decade, into their mid-20s.
I suspect they have this all backwards...it is not the single parent idea that is the problem, but the genetic input of one of the parents that may be the problem, and the cause of the problem...why is the family broken? Therein lies the problem...It is usually broken by a parent who is lacking in conscience, willful, self-centred, often addicted to something, often abusive and out of control. Studies of identical twins raised in separate homes show that, though raised far from each other, the genetic makeup (nature) of the person overrides the 'nurture' even in the tiniest details. Therefore I think this study is wrong in placing the emphasis on the number of parents, except insofar as the breakup of the family indicates genetic weakness. Surely this shows the verity of the influence of the sins of the 'father'. Interestingly, the study seems to ignore the presence or absence of the extended family...surely this has something to do with the results? And where is introduced the influence of faith? Surely such a study is too narrow. How many lives have been turned around completely by faith in Christ! Miraculous changes occur every day in lives...a study of such changes and effects on single families is required to show how faith in Christ overrules genetics and family status.