Broken Family

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Behavioral Problems and Coping Strategies of Selected Adolescents Belonging to a Broken Family

Chapter I

Introduction

The Family is an essential factor for a human’s whole-being, everything about a man, his background, attitude, all of his achievements, his honor and dignity, relies on the structure of the family a man lives in with. It composed of a mother, father, and offspring who were bonded by love. Everything lies on the structure of the family. But now a day, a family could be two things, complete or broken. A broken family is believed to be a cause of a child’s mislead in life, some people give it as the main reason of the rebellious and unclear acts of children. School, another factor which meld us on becoming successful, but how will it make us successful if they can’t focus, and they can’t do schooling like others cause peoples belonging to a broken family mind the problems encounter in their homes. (Eschica 2010)

Teenagers with this situation of broken home are more likely five times to suffer than their parents. They are prone to variety of academic, behavioral, and emotional problems due to parental separation and impaired parenting. They are also worse off than those with continuously married parents of academic success, conduct, psychological well-being, and peer relations system. Thus, adolescents are the innocent victims of their parents’ inability to maintain harmonious and stable homes. (Amato 2007)

On the other hand, single-parent families put their child at risk. Most adolescents living with this kind of structural family are economically disadvantaged. Parents can’t afford to buy consumer goods in order to give their child status among their peers. It results to juvenile delinquency of teenagers. Aside from this, quality of parenting is one predictor of behavioral problems among adolescents. They find it difficult to function as parents. (Keith 2007)

Hence, adolescents belonging to a broken family are exposed to more stressful experiences and circumstances than adolescents living with continuously married parents. There is a large discrepancy between adolescents grown up with complete family and adolescents in broken home. Behavioral problems on the cognitive, social, and emotional are the impact of family formation change of the next generation.

Review of Literature

Adolescence is a critical developmental period in everyone’s life. In order for them to become adults, we have to “survive” adolescence. They are at high risk for the development of problem behaviors that are distressing and socially disruptive. Thus, adolescents are the victims once they have poor family structure. They are the victims of unintentional broken family.(Drysdale& Rye, 2007)

Family stress is the most common causes of behavioral problems of the adolescents. Parental separation, children born outside marriage, death of a parent, discordant two-parent families, and stepfamilies are the origins of a broken home. However, adolescence becomes risk-taking due to economic hardship, quality of parenting, and exposure to stress. (Amato 2007) Additional risk factors identified in the research include the initial separation such as the abrupt departureof one parent, continuing parent conflict after separation, ineffective or neglectful parenting, loss of important relationships such as extended family members, and financial/economic changes (Kelly, 2008). Protective factors identified by Kelly are competent custodial parents, effective parenting from the non- residential parent, and amicable versus high conflict relationship between the separated parents (EdaRuschena et al., 2007).

On the other hand, supporting Amato’s argument, Sun and Li (2007) also found that adolescence of separated parents has lower scores on measures of well-being. (i.e., academic functioning, locus of control, and self-esteem) compared to adolescence of intact families. According to (Doughty, 2008), The research adds to a wealth...
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