When couples say their vows and get married, they think that their marriage would last forever, but many marriages end in a divorce. Divorce is an unplanned event in a family's life. Divorce affects each member of a family at different times and in different ways. Many children each year have to live with a divorced parent. Divorces have a negative effect on children.
Divorce is when a marital union splits up. (“Divorce” 7). Divorce is a very tough thing to overcome. Many people do not understand how a divorce affects families and the people getting a divorce.
There are many contributing factors that impact children who have experienced divorce the age and gender of the child at the time of the separation, the level of collaboration among the divorced, and the intensity of conflict within the family. These factors may influence the mental health of the child, and additionally may influence the child's academics. Poor attendance, decline in grades, and inability to concentrate are often warning signs that may show up in the classroom.
Children of divorced parents may have a lower sense of psychological well-being than children who grew up with intact families the range of feelings that a child may encounter include: disbelief and denial, sadness, loss, loneliness, depression, anger, anxiety, fear, relief, and hope. Some children may experience long-lasting emotional effects into their adulthood that damage their ability to preserve relationships. The result of parental divorce shapes children emotionally and may impact self-esteem, future relationships, dating and marriage (Armando Loomis and Booth 895+)..
Robert Sampson, a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago said “One-third of school age chil...
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...eling and share as many thoughts or questions as possible with their parents or school counselor. Parents need to listen to their children about their unique thoughts and feelings. It is also important for parents and school counselors to help children develop coping strategies to deal with their deep feelings about divorce. Parents, children, teachers, and school counselors all need to work together to support the child throughout the stages of divorce to ensure academic, personal, and social growth. It is critical for school counselors to be familiar with warning signs for children having trouble adjusting to a divorce. Group counseling is a helpful support mechanism for children experiencing a divorce in the family. Some children may prefer individual counseling where they will receive one-on-one attention and may feel more comfortable voicing their thoughts