Helping Children Endure Divorce

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Children and Divorce
There has been an abundance of research confirming that growing up in a single-parent household can be very detrimental to a child’s well-being. Even in low-conflict situations, the children can suffer in many ways. It has been proven time and time again, that children of divorce are more likely to experience psychological struggles and academic problems. The effects of the divorce on the child depend to some extent on the age of the child at the time of the separation, the child’s gender, personality, and the degree of conflict between the child’s parents. Infants can react to the changes in their parents’ energy level by losing their appetite or spitting up more often. Preschoolers often blame themselves for the divorce, viewing as a consequence for them misbehaving at one point or another. The can possibly cause the child to suffer a regression in behavior, such as bedwetting and/or becoming uncooperative or aggressive. School-aged children are old enough to feel that they are hurting, and understand that the divorce could be causing their pain. They may feel rejected by the parent who left, and it is not uncommon for this age group to exhibit psychosomatic symptoms such as headaches or upset stomachs. Adolescents may become excessively moody, withdrawn, depressed, or anxious. It is common for this age group to choose a side, blaming one parent for the divorce. In many cases, the divorce not only effects the childhood, but also the adulthood of the children involved. Studies have shown that children of divorce are fifty percent more likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs than those who were raised by married parents. They are also more like to experience their own divorces later in life. Some research even suggests that a child raised by a single parent of the same sex have an easier time adjusting to the divorce. The quality of the relationship between the child and his/her primary parent can be a good indication that the child has...
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