Report Shows Divorce Damages Sons

01.26.11 | Sarah Harnisch

A new study shows sons of divorce fare worse then daughters do. The study from the University of Toronto, shows men whose parents divorced before they were 18 are two to three times as likely to seriously consider taking their own lives as men whose parents were not divorced by that age. Lead author Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson said in most cases of divorce, mothers obtained custody of the children, and the lack of regular contact with a father may take a particular emotional and developmental toll on sons. She said a positive father figure is very important for young men and boys to develop their gender identity and learn ways to regulate their emotions. She also said the vast number of men in the study were more reluctant to reach out for help.