Your Health: July 17, 2013 Divorce in early childhood

{}Divorce in early childhood can affect how secure young children will feel about their relationship with their parents as adults.{}{} This is according to new research.{}{} A professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analyzed data from more than 7,000 men and women, around age 24, who participated in a survey about personality and close relationships online.{}{}{} More than one-third of the participants' parents had divorced.{}{} The children were around nine years old at the time of the divorce.{}{}{}{} Men and women from divorced families were less likely to see their current relationship with their parents as secure.{}Those who parents divorced when they were under 5 were more insecure than those whose parents divorced when they were older.{}{}{}{} Researcher found when a person feels they have a secure relationship with a parent, they feel they can trust them and depend on them and that the parent will be available psychologically.{}{}{}{} The study also revealed feelings of insecurity were much greater for the adult children's relationships with their fathers.{}{}{}{}{} The findings appear online in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.