Loss of contact with friends, schoolmates, neighbors, teachers, and sometimes moving to a new location may bring a lot of psychosocial stress upon the children, and that stress can be very harmful. Since the divorce boom started in the 1960?s, father-mother divorces have increased at an alarming rate. Today more than 1,000,000 kids experience a divorce in the family every year in the United States alone (U.S.A. Today, p. 8). As a result of the divorce, many children live in single-parent homes. This usually results in a drop in income for the family.
Statistics show that couples with children are 26% less likely to get a divorce than couples without children. About 40% of couples with children get a divorce while 66% of couples without children get a divorce (Divorce Statistics). Every year an average of 1 million divorces occur in the United States, and women initiate the divorce 65% of the time. The leading causes of divorce are lack of communication and indisputable differences. Often times children that have parents who go through divorce are mentally and emotionally unstable.
Effects of Divorce on Children Children will be suffered conflict with the interaction with their parents and siblings, and other aspects in their family life by cause of the divorce (Berk, 2010). Some parents who decide to get divorced that they were waiting the time on arguments and fights. Also, these parents use their children to punishment to one to each other. For this situation, children have a lot of conflicts on their emotions, and they have issues in their security. For instance, the custody’s fights are the biggest battle during the separation, and parents develop a lot of stress during this process.
The argument over how divorce affects children is one that has been going on for a very long time. Some people believe when parents get a divorce the children are not affected at all, while others believe when parents get a divorce the children are affected by the impact of divorce more than anyone in the family. In some cases, married couples can be in such a terrible marriage that divorce can in no way be avoided, and these divorces are usually the ones that children benefit from and are affected in a positive way. Many times though, a couple will choose to get a divorce because their marriage is not exactly the way it used to be, and they want that aspect of life back; these are the divorces that negatively affect children. Even though in some cases divorce does not affect children negatively, many times when parents obtain a divorce, the children are negatively harmed in many different ways that will forever change their lives.
Now, I got an opportunity to select a topic to research so I chose divorce. I would like to know what situations children go through after their parents get divorced. I am assuming that divorce might be the hardest thing for some children, especially in childhood life. Divorces are more common than they were generations ago. In a Time/CNN survey released in august 1997 which showed that the largest population of respondents (45%) answered that marriage is not taken seriously by most of the couples because they always end up getting divorced.
I will be providing examples of different situations that resulted in divorce with adults and the impact on the different ages on the children of the parents. What Are The Effects of Divorces on Different Age Groups No matter what age, all children need time to adjust to the astronomic change in having divorced parents. Since the day we are born, we are use to having both a mother and a father; the thought of them not possibly loving each other anymore is very baffling. Ages react very differently to divorce and can result in much misbehavior later in life. In fac... ... middle of paper ... ...f crankiness and regression with a child at this age going through divorce because reality is, is that their lives are upset.
Divorce rates have plateaued since the early 1980’s in the United States, with one out of two marriages ending. There are several factors that contribute to the cause and are unique to every marriage. Age, race, and education are classified as high divorce categories within the first few years of marriage. Couples who have difficulty transitioning into their new roles due to emotional disappointment, or are experiencing a vulnerable state are likely to divorce. Marriages that are unable to cope with life stressors and exhibit poor problem solving skills will result in discontent with one another and ultimately end in divorce.
? (pp.34) Divorce along married couples is the most well-documented and studied of the various ways relationships end. According to Dworetzky: Divorce rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past 25 years. According to current assessments, over 40 percent of marriages ... ... middle of paper ... ...ability to function as parents diminishes. ?Although children may fare well in single-parent families, the chances increase that they will face problems.
An analysis of the divorce process shows that post divorce, not only do the parents, but the children ultimately suffer negatively from the consequences of the situation at large. Each year over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents, and over 50% of marriages will end up in divorce (Heritage). It not only takes months, but sometimes even years for some children to get back onto a healthy track with their families. The perfect American family, it’s portrayed everywhere. It’s portrayed in magazines, posters, on billboards, and even in some TV shows.