Dr. Wallerstein's landmark study followed children from the time of their parents' divorce, well into adulthood. Through her study, she discovered these common characteristics:
- 60% of those studied have trouble with social relationships.
- On average, they expect failure in their lives.
- Many have a lingering fear of loss due to childhood fears of abandonment.
- Some experience a strong fear of change: their parents' divorce showed them change is not always for the best.
- Fear of betrayal and of being alone: for many, this leads to self-destructive choices in relationships.
- Strongly value love, marriage and parenthood, despite being wary of commitment
- Remarkably compassionate and attuned to others' feelings.
- Extremely close to, and very supportive of, their siblings.
- Above average in work competence.