Saturday 20 January 2018

Divorce has devastating consequences for children

We ignore the fact that broken homes can cause mental illness in children, writes Marc Coleman

Economists sometimes have to remind themselves that they are also human beings. As an economist, the harrowing issues raised in last week's report into the deaths of children in state care reminded me of copious policy research on the topic of child welfare. But this topic is close to my heart personally as well as in policy terms.

Reared in a home financially ruined by marital break-up, I recall how at the age of 15 our electricity was cut off, how I then dropped out of school and became a ward of court. Thankfully, the extended family came good. But as I read the report I couldn't help thinking: "There but for the grace of God..."

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