Male children of divorced parents are three times more likely to have a stroke as an adult than their counterparts from intact families, a new study from the University of Toronto concludes.
Researchers suspect findings — which they called “extremely concerning” — have a direct correlation to the mind-body connection. They speculate boys who experience the trauma of divorce may be vulnerable to a process they termed “biological embedding.” In other words, boys somehow internalize the response to the stress of divorce, affecting how they react to stress for the rest of their lives.
Interestingly, female children of divorce do not fall prey to this medical phenomenon, the study found.
The findings were reported recently in the International Journal of Stroke.