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    Children of separated parents not on speaking terms more likely to develop colds as adults

    June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

Children of separated parents not on speaking terms more likely to develop colds as adults

A team of psychologists wanted to better understand if specific aspects of the family environment following a separation better predicted children’s long-term health outcomes. They found that adults whose parents separated but did not speak to each other during individuals’ childhoods were three times as likely to develop a cold when intentionally exposed to a common cold virus than adults whose parents had remained together or separated but continued to communicate.

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