"Divorce has a stronger effect on problem behavior
and psychological distress than race, birth order, moving,
having a new sibling, experiencing the illness or death of
a significant family member, being ill, or having parents with little education.
It has a stronger effect on teen pregnancy than exposure to family violence in
early childhood, low family income, and a low level of education.
The association is larger than the link between smoking and cancer.
This is not a problem that we should blow out of proportion,
but it is not a problem we should ignore."
-- Divorce: Causes and Consequences
by professor of psychology and social behavior
at University of California-Irvine Alison Clarke-Stewart
and assistant professor of psychology
at Chapman University Cornelia Brentano