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In the U.S., 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Children who experience their parents going through a divorce are often left susceptible to depression, acting out, and suffering problems academically. This study examines the relationship between academic problems and parent relationships and divorce. When parents decide to divorce or separate, their actions can affect their children’s education and schooling. The twenty former Abington High School and now Bridgewater State University students were each interviewed one-on-one to find out if their parents’ relationships and conflicts had any effect on their academics. Between the ten students who came from divorced parents, and the ten students whose parents were married, the majority felt that their parent’s negative relationships affected their academics. While the results of this study offer a comparison between the experiences of children of divorced parents and married parents, the findings show more similarities than differences.



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Jodi Cohen (Thesis Director)

Kim MacInnis

Patricia Fanning

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