ERIC Number: ED391121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
A Preliminary Investigation of Factors Affecting Educational Attainment of Children of Divorce.
The total number of children affected by divorce has more than tripled since 1960, even though the total number of children has declined from the 1970s to the 1980s. In 1988 female-headed households with children and no spouse present constituted 44.7 percent of all families at or below the poverty level. The purpose of this paper is to show that inequitable treatment of women in our legal system, directly affects their children's achievement in school as measured by standardized test scores and other measures. Specific educational studies that have been conducted on children of divorce are described, showing lower mean performance IQ, lower SAT scores, and lower educational attainment. This inequity effects children's chances of fulfilling their potentials. It inhibits the United States from competing globally when children are not properly educated to meet the challenges of the future. Contains 11 references. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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