Investigated, studied and recorded outcomes are given in many articles and books. Specifically in Judith S. Wallerstein’s book, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, she explains that, “[t]o understand how divorce affects children over the long haul, we need to explore the fact that the divorced family is not just a cut-off version of the two-parent family. The postdivore family is a new family form that makes very different demands on each parent, each child, and each of the many new adults who enter the family orbit” (10). The various occasions that divorce is sought out are many. Distinguishing between necessary divorce and purely selfi...
The topic of divorce sparked my interest as it has become a common process among American people and keeps increasing since the past few decades. Divorce not only breaks up a family but also affects children negatively. Children in the stages of early childhood development are mainly vulnerable since they are in a stage where they learn and change rapidly. According to an online article entitled, “The Impact of Parental Divorce on Emerging Adults’ Self-Esteem,” it is stated that “More than one million young children under the age of eighteen experience parental divorce every year,” and the consequences of this affect children’s “psychological adjustment, behavior, social ability, self-esteem, and academic achievement” (Block). These impacts
The dramatic rise in the rate of divorce in the United States between 1960 and 1980 is well known, and even more so are the high divorce rates over the past twenty years. In 1970, twelve percent of American families with children under age eighteen were headed by single parents, and by 1984, one-fourth of American families and nearly sixty percent of black families were headed by single parents (Demo & Acock, 1988, p. 619). These high divorce rates have resulted in numerous changes in American family life. While predictions vary, the consensus is that most youth will spend some time prior to age eighteen in a single-parent household based on recent social and demographic trends. Individuals with divorced parents are at increased risk of experiencing psychological problems in adulthood (Amato & Sobolewski, 2001, p. 900). Growing up divorced has become an alternative developmental path for a substantial number of children in this country (Kalter, 1987, p. 587). These trends in family composition have major repercussions for the life course of children and their well-being. Studies have shown that adults with divorced parents, when compared with adults with continuously married parents, report to greater unhappiness, less satisfaction with life, a weaker sense of control, more symptoms of anxiety and depression, and a greater use of mental health services. Overall, most children of divorced parents have experienced dramatic declines in their economic circumstances, abandonment by one or both of their parents, the diminished capacity of both parents to attend meaningfully and constructively to their children’s needs, and diminished contact with many familiar or potential sources of psychological support.
Divorce is a common transition in many families and has begun to become a natural standard of living in marriages (The Effects of Divorce on Children). Couples seek divorce for a variety of different reasons, the main goal being to find happiness that they are not finding in their current marriages. When a couple is going through divorce, sometimes they don’t notice the impact their separation has on their children. Children may feel very alone and turn to other things to help get them through this rough time in their life. While a few turn to something positive, many turn to negative activities. These negative activities and the divorce itself has both long-term and short-term effects on the children (Rappaport).
Have you ever heard the statistic passed around ‘50% of all marriages end in divorce’? Of course you have, by the time most everyone hits high school they have probably heard it so many times they are tired of it. But one thing that is hardly ever talked about is; what effect, psychologically, does this have on the child from that family? The stress on a child created by a divorce is not permanent, but can cause lasting effects into adulthood. Because almost everyone has heard ‘50% of all marriages end in divorce’; the thought of what does the child go through should be just as common. There is almost no getting around the fact that the child will suffer because of the divorce at some point. What does the child go through? How do they cope with it? How does this affect their grades? Are they more likely to get a divorce too if they get married? This is just some of what a child of divorce is likely to face, that is why this is something that deserves serious thought.
When parents divorce one of the main concerns is the child. Worrying about what kind of impact it will have on them has always been a concern for psychologists and parents alike. Having parent’s divorce can cause stressful situations with the child and their surroundings while trying to adjust to this new situation (Felner Terre & Rowlison 1994). There have been two different studies to research the impact on children and divorce. One of the most widely used methods is the cross-section study which can compare different population groups at a single point in time. The other study which seems to be more suited in studying children and divorce is the longitudinal study.
Review of Literature Introduction At present there are rising divorce rates everywhere in the developed world. It is accepted in most societies that "where there is a marriage, there is a divorce." Our society has a confused attitude towards divorce: accepting it as inevitable but at the same time, hankering after the religious ideal of "till death due us part." Even still, the divorce rate continues to climb. Statistics show that, "In the United States, one out of every two marriages ends in divorce and in Canada, one in our." These climbing rates are alarming. It suggests a "divorce epidemic" in society today. This epidemic brings upon new economic problems such as the increasing number of single, divorced mothers on social assistance. But the real concern should be focused on the children involved. Research has looked into the effects divorce has on child and it has been statically proven that a failed marriage brings upon a noticeable affect on the child involved. Emotional State of the child For many children, the news that their parents are s...
Specialists today often ponder the idea of the long term effects of divorce on children. They always look for patterns in the behavior of children to see if they are going through emotional trauma and how likely they are to let it influence their life decisions. Children can either go down the wrong road and take the bad with them while letting them become influenced by reckless decisions or adjusting to their new life and using their emotions and making good choices. I chose these articles because they detail the two ways of life children can take when their parents go through a divorce. I began to read these articles and was able to pinpoint some emotions that related to the ones I went through with my parents divorce. I hope to be able
The idea of divorce is a gruesome experience, not only for the parents but more for the child. As marriages fall apart, children are deeply affected in traumatizing ways depending on how bad the relationship is, and how young the child is. Children who have experienced their parents getting a divorce often develop a low self-esteem, social difficulties, and resentment towards their parents as they grow older. When parents go through a divorce, the kids often feel like they are to blame, ultimately lowering their self-esteem. While this mostly occurs when they are young, it “can be long lasting…, if not addressed” (“Long Term Effects of Divorce on Children”). Therefore, their view on the world changes as they feel like they will never be able
What insights did you gather from your articles related to your research question?
This article closely related to my research “What psychological effects does child custody have on children after divorce?” And the insight I have gained from (1) “The “Effects of Parental Separation and Divorce with Very Young Children”, are the author assertion Amato and Keith (1991) determined that older children are more suspected to be affected by separation and divorce than younger children. However, Wallerstein & Blakeslee 1989, and Wallerstein & Kelly 1980, asserts that children's 2 to 5-year-old were extremely distressed, needy, scared, confused and reverting to the time of their parents divorce (Clarke-Stewart Vandell, McCartney, Owen, & Booth, 2000).