Shakespeare wrote, "I would there were no age between ten and three and twenty......for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the anciently, stealing, fighting." (The Winter's Tale, Act III, Sc.iii) Scientists are confirming Shakespeare's observation that adolescents brain will not fully mature until approximately twenty three to twenty five years of age. New and ongoing scientific research, utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging, demonstrates that during adolescence nearly every aspect of the brain is undergoing dramatic changes that are not just genetically determined, but are greatly affected by experiences and environment. Environment affects the growth and development of brain cells. According to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the affects of a broken family on a child's development depending on numerous factors, including the age when parent separated and on the personality and family relationships. Young children may experience negative development effects, older children and teenagers may experience some problems in their social, emotional and educational functioning. Children of all ages may seem tearful, or may seem depressed which is a state that can last for several years after a child's parents have separated. The emotional stress of a divorce can stunt a child's academic progress, but lifestyle changes and instability of a broken family can contribute to poor educational outcomes. Some children act out their distress about their broken family by acting aggressive and by engaging in bullying behavior, which can negatively affect peer relationships. Other children may experience anxiety. This experience will be difficult for them to seek positive social interactions and engage in developmentally beneficial activities. Based on the New Living Arrangements, children may need to perform more chores and assume additional roles...
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