The effects of Divorce on Children and adolescents
Divorce or the parent separation is a major life change for the children and can
lead to dreadful consequences. Divorce affects children and adolescents
negatively, from different aspects resulting from the change in their family and
the multiple stressors that they are facing.
The Psychological, educational, emotional and social effects of divorce can be
really devastating for both parent and children. Children and adolescents have
different ways of dealing with divorce, which reveal their emotions and feelings
towards their parent separation.
Divorce has a negative effect on the psychological and emotional aspect.
Children and adolescents are emotionally crushed by these new changes in their
lives and the stress is to much for them to bear. Foulks-Jamison (2001) reports
that children from age 6-12 are most likely to blame themselves for their parents
separation, they also try to reconcile them, they mostly take one parent side
against the other parent. This happens mostly resulting form the anger that they
have from the separation.
Adjusting their after divorce life is quite the challenge for both parents and
children. children and adolescents have a hard time in coping with both parents .
Foulkes-Jamison (2001) states “ A child’s relationship with his or her
Parents following a divorce is critical to the child’s adjustment”. Furthermore
child’s adjustment to the divorce situation takes from 6-24 months. The change
in the living adjustment make children feel different, because they lived in one
house as a family and all of sudden one of their parents is not their which makes
them feel betrayed and left which may have a long term effect on them.
O’Connell Corcoran (1997) reports that adolescent’s have a tough time handling
parents separation, for boys they tend to be more aggressive and intractable and
in some cases they tend to smoke, do drugs and
Alcohol. As for girls they become sexually active at an early age and tend to
withdraw from their responsibility. Fegan (1999), Foulkes- Jamison and
Hansen(2013) concur with this specification. They also tend blame their parents
fort their condition. There is considerable data from an (2013) article about
(children of divorce) which supports that adolescents have a very hard time
dealing with their parents and establishing a close relationship with them
especially when one of them remarry. they also have a difficulties in adjusting to
the new change in their lives especially when the conflict between the parents is
still there. Moutria (2014) agrees with this specification. They rarely emote
because of the anger, betrayal and mistrust they feel towards their parents.
Hansen(2013) and Fegan (1999) claim that there are long term consequences,
such as problems with their own relationships and difficulty of coping with new
situations. Children from divorce families have a higher rate of separation which
is a long term affect that may occur in divorce cases.
Divorce also has a negative effect on the educational and the behavior aspect
for adolescents and children. Adolescents and children are most likely to get a
very poor results or drop out of school , Kirsten Moutria (2013) “A study of 3,500
children revealed that those whose parents had gotten divorced , had lower
scores” . Children don’t do well at school and receive lower marks in their
classes. Jessica St. Clair states “According to the National Survey of Children,
15% of children living with their mothers were booted out of school,
overall, 13% of the children had dropped out of school.” this is a natural reaction
for children and teenagers with divorced parents, it’s a part of their adjustment
process to the new situation. Some of them do well at...
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