New York, NY- The affects a divorce has on the mental health of a child has been studied for decades and researchers have concluded that it does and suggest that parents pay careful attention to their children during the process. But now researchers are now asking a different question: Does divorce affect a child’s physical health.
Recently two researchers, Esme Fuller-Thompson and Angela Dalton found a potential link between strokes and early childhood divorce. They collected data from the Centers for Disease Control and found that men were three times more likely to suffer a stroke if their parents were divorced.
One of the possible reasons for this could be attributed to a process called “biological embedding” which “proposes that early adversities may affect health across a lifespan by influencing the normal development of the hypothalamus-pituitary- adrenal axis,” according to the Huffington Post.
Basically, an early childhood adversity, such as a divorce, can interrupt the development of the stress response in children, and can increase their sensitivity or reaction to stressful situations later in life.
The stroke findings have compelled researchers to delve more deeply into the long-term effects a divorce has the future health of children. But it will take a great deal more research to determine the physical health impact of divorce.
Divorces are painful whether you are an adult or a child. Parents who are locked into a contentious fight can benefit from allowing a divorce attorney to help them settle issues while they focus on making this transitional period easier on their child.