Drugging Children Stops Them Showing The Pain Of Divorce

Posted on Mon 05/14/2018 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~

The children wouldn’t even “need” these drugs if divorce and being born into a single-parent home wasn’t so stressful:

TROUBLED children are being doped up to keep them calm in class, psychiatrists have warned.

A new study says boys and teens from unemployed single-parent families are more likely to be given antipsychotic drugs than other children.

Study leader Amy Kaim, from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, said such young males were more likely to have ­repeated a year, and their ­parents were more likely to have complained of behavioural difficulties.

“A larger proportion of children and teens taking the medication were boys in lower-income families with an unemployed primary caregiver, who were living in single-parent households,” she said…

“The risk factors were being a child or teen in a family that was dealing with stressful life events and financial difficulties. Other risk factors include parenting practices … and whether parents themselves were in psychological distress…

“We hope that our study will contribute to a growing recognition of the need to look at the social factors which influence kids’ mental health, rather than resorting to antipsychotics for the treatment of behavioural problems in ­Australian children and ­adolescents.”

For many, many years we promoted the fable that divorce was better for children, since they, too, suffered from an unhappy marriage. Just last month I heard some “expert” on the ABC say children knew exactly what was going on in such marriages, so pretending was no use.

That is false. Yes, older children often pick up the problems in a marriage, and often adjust well to divorce. For many, divorce can indeed be preferable.

But for many, the news their parents are splitting comes as a shock and surprise:

In a 2002 study psychologist E. Mavis Hetherington of the University of Virginia and her then graduate student Anne Mitchell Elmore found that many children experience short-term negative effects from divorce, especially anxiety, anger, shock and disbelief.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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