Negative Effects of Divorce on Children

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Persuasive Essay: Negative Effects of Divorce on Children
According to Diane von Furstenberg’s “Life Choice,” half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage, and the Federal Reserve Board’s 1995 Survey of Consumer Finance showed that only 42 percent of children aged 14 to 18 live in a first marriage, two parent family. Children need stability to have a beneficial childhood; but where can kids find a sense of stability in divorce? Nowhere! Divorce has extremely negative social, physical, psychological and emotional effects on children, and that is what I will explore with this paper.

Although people may not know, divorce can affect a child’s physical health. Following divorce, children are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems than two parent families, and are at a greater risk to experience injury, asthma, headaches and speech defects than children whose parents have remained married. (Fagan) In order to deal with the hurt and pain following the split of a parent, the most damaging effect of divorce comes into play; the outlets that kids turn to. These outlets include sexual activity, destructive behavior and acting out, and in most need of concern, drugs. The intake of drugs often leads to poor grades in school and even can result in the child dropping out of school completely. According to a 1994 article by the Harvard University Press, children of divorced parents are roughly two times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers. If a child drops out of high school, this leads to difficulty getting a college education, finding a job, and having a successful life.

Aside from the physical aspects, a child of divorce may develop difficulties in their social lives. Children of divorce are four times more likely to have problems with their peers and friends than children whose parents have kept their marriages intact;...