Exam Results 'Can Suffer As Result Of Divorce'

Major Survey Examines Impact Of Divorce On Teens

25.11.2014

A new survey has revealed the devastating impact divorce can have on some teenagers and young adults, including an effect on exam results and an increased likelihood of turning to drink or drugs.

The survey of 14 to 22-year-olds by family law body Resolution revealed that nearly two-thirds (65%) of those affected by divorce think it had an impact on their GCSE results, while 44% said their A-levels suffered.

Additionally, 15% of those surveyed said they had to move school because of their parents' divorce, which may have affected their academic achievement.

Meanwhile, nearly three in ten (28%) said they started eating more than usual after their parents' break-up, while 14% said they drank more alcohol. Another 13% said they experimented or considered experimenting with drugs.

The survey also revealed that social media can turn into a troubling place for those affected, with some respondents saying they found pictures of new partners or family members' comments about a divorce upsetting.

"It is crucial that couples do everything possible to resolve disagreements in an amicable way that minimises stress on all family members – particularly any children they may have," said chair of Resolution Jo Edwards.