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Study: Bitter divorce might hurt children's immune systems

Families across the country struggle when the parents decide a divorce is the right choice, and in California, this is no different. Yet divorcing couples with children have been looking for a more peaceful way to maintain the family bonds for the sake of the kids. 

According to USA Today, ex-spouses without significant roadblocks, like abuse, are increasingly working out amicable parenting solutions to make sure their children still feel supported and part of a single family. Whether this means celebrating the holidays with everyone together or talking regularly on the phone to ensure both parents are on the same page, parents are trying to work through their emotions in an effort to stay friendly for the kids. Since both parents want to remain in the lives of their children, and both parents need help and support, maintaining contact can help to ensure the children are well taken care of. 

And a new report shows that this behavior could have long-term positive effects on the health of the children involved. As Reuters reports, researchers out of Carnegie Mellon University found that adults who went through their parents' acrimonious divorce may have weakened immune systems. After monitoring 201 healthy adults who were exposed to a common cold virus and quarantined for five days, researchers found that those participants who had parents with bitter divorces were 3.3 times more likely to have contracted the cold virus than subjects whose parents remained together. Participants who had parents divorce as children but remained amicable did not have an increased likelihood of catching a cold compared to those with still-married parents.

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