Most people are familiar with today’s depressing divorce stats: Up to 50 percent of U. marriages fail, and about half of all children will have to deal with that trauma before their 18th birthday.What many people don’t realize, however, is that there’s no expiration date for divorce risk.
D., a sociologist at Bowling Green State University and lead author of the study.
Ultimately, she says, adult children need to be given permission to grieve the loss of their family, including time to work through acute feelings of denial, sadness and anger.
Therapists who specialize in dealing with this situation can help smooth out the transition, Gaspard says, as can sympathetic friends, spouses or family members.
Unlike young children who are shielded from the divorce, adult kids are oftentimes ill advisedly treated like mom or dad’s confidant, therapist and war ally.
But no matter what your age, “you want your parents to be that rock for you,” Gaspard says.