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Scripps Howard News ServiceHow long does it take the wounds to heal after a divorce?

Psychologist Judith Wallerstein conducted an in-depth study of both parents who have undergone divorces and their children, recounted in her new book "Second Chances."

To her suprise, she found that "fully a quarter of the mothers and a fifth of the fathers had not gotten their lives back on track a decade after divorce."

As a result of "diminished parenting," two-fifths of the children in the study were still deeply scarred after 10 years - "entering adulthood as worried, underachieving, self-deprecating and sometimes angry young men and women."

One can only wonder how much more serious the divorce revolution of recent decades has made such problems as poverty and educational mediocrity.

The federal government is powerless to reverse that revolution - but the rest of us should be looking harder for ways to shore up the traditional family.