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.