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Divorce is Bad for Rich Kids and Other Living Things

December 20th, 2013 by G.

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December 20th, 2013 16:35:37
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Bruce Charlton
December 23, 2013

The trouble with basing prohibitions on social science statistics is that interpretation is always contested…

(From memory) in her excellent book The Nurture Assumption, Judith Rich Harris argues that the bad outcomes of divorce on children disappear if proper heredity and socio-economic controls are introduced – ie. some bad outcomes are due to bad genes inherited from parents, other bas outcomes are due to increased economic hardship.

I am not sure, but this may well be the case. At any rate, bad economic outcomes are likely to be very predictable and severe consequences of divorce in most societies throughout history and in the world today – and these are only avoided in modern society by probably-unjust and economically harmful coercive confiscations on a massive scale.

In other words, the consequences of divorce are contingent – and may have several causes more or less related to the specific act of divorce.

But for Christians, I would generally try to avoid social science arguments to try and buttress principles made on much deeper grounds. Even if there were no statistically-significant objectively-measurable differences in child outcomes, divorce would still be very very wrong (except under rare, specific and severe circumstances).

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