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 Children exposed to unilateral divorce are less educated by adulthood.((Jonathan Gruber, “Is Making Divorce Easier Bad for Children? The Long-Run Implications of Unilateral Divorce,” //Journal of Labor Economics// 22, no. 4 (2004): 830.)) Children have lower educational aspirations and test scores during the process of their parents’ marital disruption.((Yongmin Sun and Yuanzhang Li, “Children’s Well-being During Parents’ Marital Disruption Process: A Pooled Time-Series Analysis,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 64, (2002): 479.)) ​ Children exposed to unilateral divorce are less educated by adulthood.((Jonathan Gruber, “Is Making Divorce Easier Bad for Children? The Long-Run Implications of Unilateral Divorce,” //Journal of Labor Economics// 22, no. 4 (2004): 830.)) Children have lower educational aspirations and test scores during the process of their parents’ marital disruption.((Yongmin Sun and Yuanzhang Li, “Children’s Well-being During Parents’ Marital Disruption Process: A Pooled Time-Series Analysis,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 64, (2002): 479.)) ​
  
-Children of divorced parents are also more likely to be held back a grade and have lower grade point averages (GPAs).((William H. Jeynes, “The Effects of Several of the Most Common Family Structures on the Academic Achievement of Eighth Graders,” //Marriage and Family Review// 30, (2000): 88.)) High school students in intact families have GPAs 11 percent higher than those from divorced families,​((Barry D. Ham, “The Effects of Divorce on the Academic Achievement of High School Seniors,” //Journal of Divorce and Remarriage//​ 38, no. 3 (2003): 176.)) and children in [[effects.of.marriage.on.children.s.education|intact married families]] have the highest combined English and math GPAs.((Patrick F. Fagan, “Family Structure and School Performance of U.S. High School Students.” Available at [[http://www.frc.org/content/mapping-america-family-structure-and-school-performance]]. Accessed 29 August 2011.)) One study (controlling for parental education, parental occupation, family size, etc.), found that children whose parents divorce get about seven-tenths of a year less education than children from intact families.((M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, “Educational Attainment of the Children of Divorce: Australia, 1940–1990,​” //Journal of Sociology// 37, no. 3 (2001): 285.)) Kindergarteners with divorced parents have an average math and reading score about three points lower than kindergarteners with nondivorced parents.((D. Potter, ​ "​Psychosocial Well-Being and the Relationship Between Divorce and Children'​s Academic Achievement,"​ //Journal of Marriage and Family// 72, (2010): 940-941.))+Children of divorced parents are also more likely to be held back a grade and have lower grade point averages (GPAs).((William H. Jeynes, “The Effects of Several of the Most Common Family Structures on the Academic Achievement of Eighth Graders,” //Marriage and Family Review// 30, (2000): 88.)) High school students in intact families have GPAs 11 percent higher than those from divorced families,​((Barry D. Ham, “The Effects of Divorce on the Academic Achievement of High School Seniors,” //Journal of Divorce and Remarriage//​ 38, no. 3 (2003): 176.)) and children in [[effects.of.marriage.on.children.s.education|intact married families]] have the highest combined English and math GPAs.((Patrick F. Fagan, “Family Structure and School Performance of U.S. High School Students.” Available at [[http://marri.us/wp-content/uploads/MA-1-3-149.pdf]]. Accessed 29 August 2011.)) One study (controlling for parental education, parental occupation, family size, etc.), found that children whose parents divorce get about seven-tenths of a year less education than children from intact families.((M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, “Educational Attainment of the Children of Divorce: Australia, 1940–1990,​” //Journal of Sociology// 37, no. 3 (2001): 285.)) Kindergarteners with divorced parents have an average math and reading score about three points lower than kindergarteners with nondivorced parents.((D. Potter, ​ "​Psychosocial Well-Being and the Relationship Between Divorce and Children'​s Academic Achievement,"​ //Journal of Marriage and Family// 72, (2010): 940-941.))
  
-Children whose mothers divorced and remained divorced did worse over time on Peabody Individual Achievement Test reading recognition tests (which gauge children’s ability to recognize and pronounce words) than children from [[effects_of_family_structure_on_children_s_education|intact married families]].((Kimberly Anne Shaff, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Lori Kowaleski-Jones,​ and Ken R. Smith, “Family Structure Transitions and Child Achievement,​” //​Sociological Spectrum// 28, no. 6 (2008): 691-694.)) By age 13, there is an average difference of half a year in reading ability between children of divorced parents and children from intact families.((Jim Stevenson and Glenda Fredman, “The Social Environmental Correlates of Reading Ability,” //Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry//​ 31, no.5 (1990): 689-690.)) On the CAT (Common Admissions Test) Math/Verbal Percentile Scores children from married, always-intact families scored in the 58th percentile, followed by children from married stepfamilies and divorced single-parent families (48th percentile).((Patrick F. Fagan and Scott Talkington, "'​CAT (Common Admissions Test) Math/Verbal Percentile Scores'​ by Current Religious Attendance and Structure of Family of Origin,"​ Mapping America Project. Available at [[http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF11J08.pdf]]))+Children whose mothers divorced and remained divorced did worse over time on Peabody Individual Achievement Test reading recognition tests (which gauge children’s ability to recognize and pronounce words) than children from [[effects_of_family_structure_on_children_s_education|intact married families]].((Kimberly Anne Shaff, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Lori Kowaleski-Jones,​ and Ken R. Smith, “Family Structure Transitions and Child Achievement,​” //​Sociological Spectrum// 28, no. 6 (2008): 691-694.)) By age 13, there is an average difference of half a year in reading ability between children of divorced parents and children from intact families.((Jim Stevenson and Glenda Fredman, “The Social Environmental Correlates of Reading Ability,” //Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry//​ 31, no.5 (1990): 689-690.)) On the CAT (Common Admissions Test) Math/Verbal Percentile Scores children from married, always-intact families scored in the 58th percentile, followed by children from married stepfamilies and divorced single-parent families (48th percentile).((Patrick F. Fagan and Scott Talkington, "'​CAT (Common Admissions Test) Math/Verbal Percentile Scores'​ by Current Religious Attendance and Structure of Family of Origin,"​ Mapping America Project. Available at [[http://marri.us/​wp-content/uploads/MA-108.pdf]]))
  
 In the Kent State University Impact of Divorce Project, which used a national sample study of 699 elementary students, children from divorced homes performed worse in reading, spelling, and math and repeated a grade more frequently than did children in intact two-parent families. The project’s findings led the researchers to conclude that children and young adolescents suffered [[long_term_effects_of_divorce|long-term negative effects following divorce]].((John Guidubaldi, Joseph D. Perry, and Bonnie K. Nastasi, “Growing Up in a Divorced Family: Initial and Long-Term perspectives on Children’s Adjustment,​” //Applied Social Psychology Annual// 7, (1987): 202-237. \\ Jeynes, William H., "Does Parental Involvement Eliminate the Effects of Parental Divorce on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents?,"​ //Journal Of Divorce & Remarriage//​ 37, no. 1/2 (2002): 109,​111-112.)) Teenagers who experience parental divorce score lower than their counterparts from intact families on math, science, and history tests.((Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano and Daniela Vuri, “Parental Divorce and Students'​ Performance:​ Evidence from Longitudinal Data,” //Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics//​ 69, no. 3 (2007): 327.)) ​ In the Kent State University Impact of Divorce Project, which used a national sample study of 699 elementary students, children from divorced homes performed worse in reading, spelling, and math and repeated a grade more frequently than did children in intact two-parent families. The project’s findings led the researchers to conclude that children and young adolescents suffered [[long_term_effects_of_divorce|long-term negative effects following divorce]].((John Guidubaldi, Joseph D. Perry, and Bonnie K. Nastasi, “Growing Up in a Divorced Family: Initial and Long-Term perspectives on Children’s Adjustment,​” //Applied Social Psychology Annual// 7, (1987): 202-237. \\ Jeynes, William H., "Does Parental Involvement Eliminate the Effects of Parental Divorce on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents?,"​ //Journal Of Divorce & Remarriage//​ 37, no. 1/2 (2002): 109,​111-112.)) Teenagers who experience parental divorce score lower than their counterparts from intact families on math, science, and history tests.((Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano and Daniela Vuri, “Parental Divorce and Students'​ Performance:​ Evidence from Longitudinal Data,” //Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics//​ 69, no. 3 (2007): 327.)) ​
  
-Some studies show that the correlation between adolescent family disruption and educational attainment is weaker after controlling for the family’s socioeconomic status. This finding likely reflects the influence of income on each.((Patrick Fagan, //Marriage and Economic Well-Being: The Economy of the Family Rises or Falls with Marriage// (Washington,​ D.C.: Marriage and Religion Research Institute, 2011). Available at [[http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF11E70.pdf]].)) One of divorce’s attendant problems is the [[effects.of.divorce.on.financial.stability|financial instability]] it inflicts on those who experience it. +Some studies show that the correlation between adolescent family disruption and educational attainment is weaker after controlling for the family’s socioeconomic status. This finding likely reflects the influence of income on each.((Patrick Fagan, //Marriage and Economic Well-Being: The Economy of the Family Rises or Falls with Marriage// (Washington,​ D.C.: Marriage and Religion Research Institute, 2011). Available at [[http://marri.us/research/​research-papers/​marriage-and-economic-well-being-the-economy-of-the-family-rises-or-falls-with-marriage/]].)) One of divorce’s attendant problems is the [[effects.of.divorce.on.financial.stability|financial instability]] it inflicts on those who experience it. 
  
 Lack of family transitions after divorce does not eliminate the effect of the divorce on student academic performance,​ but it does provide their performance in math and social studies a certain degree of protection, compared to students who live in unstable families with multiple family transitions.((Yongmin Sun and Yuanzhang Li, “Postdivorce Family Stability and Changes in Adolescents'​ Academic Performance:​ A Growth-Curve Model,” //Journal of Family Issues// 30, no. 11 (2009): 1546-1547.)) ​ Lack of family transitions after divorce does not eliminate the effect of the divorce on student academic performance,​ but it does provide their performance in math and social studies a certain degree of protection, compared to students who live in unstable families with multiple family transitions.((Yongmin Sun and Yuanzhang Li, “Postdivorce Family Stability and Changes in Adolescents'​ Academic Performance:​ A Growth-Curve Model,” //Journal of Family Issues// 30, no. 11 (2009): 1546-1547.)) ​
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 Children whose parents((Catherine E. Ross and John Mirowsky, “Parental Divorce, Life-Course Disruption, and Adult Depression,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 61, (1999): 1040. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (2009): 129.)) or grandparents((Paul R. Amato and Jacob Cheadle, “The Long Reach of Divorce: Divorce and Child Well-being Across Three Generations,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 67, (2005): 202.)) divorce tend to have fewer years of education. ​ Children whose parents((Catherine E. Ross and John Mirowsky, “Parental Divorce, Life-Course Disruption, and Adult Depression,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 61, (1999): 1040. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (2009): 129.)) or grandparents((Paul R. Amato and Jacob Cheadle, “The Long Reach of Divorce: Divorce and Child Well-being Across Three Generations,​” //Journal of Marriage and Family// 67, (2005): 202.)) divorce tend to have fewer years of education. ​
  
-Divorce and separation reduces children’s likelihood of attending college.((Frank F. Furstenberg,​ Jr. and Julien O. Teitler, “Reconsidering the Effects of Marital Disruption: What Happens to Children of Divorce in Early Adulthood?​” //Journal of Family Issues// 15, no. 2 (1994): 179. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (2009): 135.)) Furthermore,​ 33 percent of students who have already completed secondary school but who have experienced their parents’ divorce graduate from college, compared to 40 percent among their peers from intact families. Over 57 percent of children who live in intact biological families enter college, compared to 32.5 percent of children in stepfamilies,​ 47.5 percent of children in single-parent families, and 31.8 percent of children who live in families without either parent present.((Gary D. Sandefur, Sara McLanahan, and Roger A. Wojtkiewicz,​ “The Effects of Parental Marital Status during Adolescence on High School Graduation,​” //Social Forces// 71, no. 1 (1992): 112.)) ​ However, it seems that parental divorce has a greater impact on likelihood to complete secondary school than college.((M. D. R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, “Educational Attainment of the Children of Divorce: Australia, 1940–1990,​” //Journal of Sociology// 37, no. 3 (2001): 287.)) Children from intact married families have the highest high school graduation rate,​((Patrick F. Fagan and Scott Talkington, “‘Ever Received a High School Degree’ by Structure of Family of Origin and Current Religious Attendance.” Available at [[http://​marri.frc.org/get.cfm?​i=MA10J06]]. Accessed 30 August 2011.)) and are more likely to gain more education after graduating from high school than those from other family structures.((Jan O. Jonsson and Michael Gahler, “Family Dissolution,​ Family Reconstitution,​ and Children'​s Educational Careers: Recent Evidence for Sweden,” //​Demography//​ 34, no. 2 (1997): 285. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (February 2009): 135.))  ​+Divorce and separation reduces children’s likelihood of attending college.((Frank F. Furstenberg,​ Jr. and Julien O. Teitler, “Reconsidering the Effects of Marital Disruption: What Happens to Children of Divorce in Early Adulthood?​” //Journal of Family Issues// 15, no. 2 (1994): 179. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (2009): 135.)) Furthermore,​ 33 percent of students who have already completed secondary school but who have experienced their parents’ divorce graduate from college, compared to 40 percent among their peers from intact families. Over 57 percent of children who live in intact biological families enter college, compared to 32.5 percent of children in stepfamilies,​ 47.5 percent of children in single-parent families, and 31.8 percent of children who live in families without either parent present.((Gary D. Sandefur, Sara McLanahan, and Roger A. Wojtkiewicz,​ “The Effects of Parental Marital Status during Adolescence on High School Graduation,​” //Social Forces// 71, no. 1 (1992): 112.)) ​ However, it seems that parental divorce has a greater impact on likelihood to complete secondary school than college.((M. D. R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, “Educational Attainment of the Children of Divorce: Australia, 1940–1990,​” //Journal of Sociology// 37, no. 3 (2001): 287.)) Children from intact married families have the highest high school graduation rate,​((Patrick F. Fagan and Scott Talkington, “‘Ever Received a High School Degree’ by Structure of Family of Origin and Current Religious Attendance.” Available at [[http://​marri.us/​wp-content/​uploads/MA-99.pdf]]. Accessed 30 August 2011.)) and are more likely to gain more education after graduating from high school than those from other family structures.((Jan O. Jonsson and Michael Gahler, “Family Dissolution,​ Family Reconstitution,​ and Children'​s Educational Careers: Recent Evidence for Sweden,” //​Demography//​ 34, no. 2 (1997): 285. \\ M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, and Richard A. Wanner, "​Consequences of Divorce for Childhood Education: Australia, Canada, and the USA, 1940–1990,"​ //​Comparative Sociology// 8, no. 1 (February 2009): 135.))  ​
  
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