Introduction Divorce is the most common factor affecting families of today. Though it wasn't relevant two decades ago, spouses are choosing to solve their martial displeasures with divorce. About 40%-50% of all first marriages and 60% of all second marriages end in divorce. There is one divorce every 13 seconds and about 46,523 divorces per week. Premarital pregnancies, living together before marriage, marrying at an early age, financial problems, and poor communications are some of the many reasons why marriages are ending so rapidly.
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Divorce: Why You Should Reconsider It It is no secret that divorce has become a frequent occurrence. Parents are supposed to want what is best for their children, especially when the outcome of an important decision may impact the child in numerous ways. In spite of this, many couples tend to overlook some of the ramifications when making the choice to abandon their marriage. Before parents schedule those court dates and therapy sessions, they should center their attention to their children and attempt to reconsider divorce knowing that they are putting their child’s academic career, mental health, future relationships, social life, and parent-child relationships at risk. Many couples that consider divorce do not believe their verdict
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Children of divorce also have more academic trouble than children from intact homes. This holds true no matter how their academic achievement is scored, whether by grades, standardized tests, or dropout rates, children of divorce tend to have poorer scores than children in a two parent home (Patten, 1999). The problems faced by children of divorce vary depending on the child’s age at the time of the divorce. Very young children (under age two) may not experience problems at all but from age three to age five, children may become more aggressive, tearful, and regress to younger behavior, such as going back to difficulty with independent toileting or needing the comfort of a security blanket (Patten, 1999). Preschool age children may withdraw, preferring to spend time alone rather than playing with other children.
Not only do the children suffer emotionally, but some often suffer financially as well. Children’s age at the time of their parent’s divorce and children’s gender have emerged as important considerations in attempts to understand how experiencing parents’ divorce affects children’s adjustment (pg. 402). Breaking the news of a divorce to a child is never an easy situation for either parent involved. Some studies illustrate children whose parent’s divorce when they were in pre-school show more long-term ad... ... middle of paper ...
Compared to children of intact families, many children of recently divorced families are reported to demonstrate less social competence, more behavioral problems, more psychological distress, and more learning deficits (Amato & Keith, 1991a; Hetherington, 1972; Hetherington, Cox, & Cox, 1979, 1982; Peterson & Zill, 1983, 1986; Wallerstein & Kelly, 1980), and are over-represented in referrals to clinical services (Guidubaldi, Perry, & Cleminshaw, 1984; Kalter, 1977). Further, an accumulating body of evidence from longitudinal studies of divorce supports continuity of negative affects beyond the 2-year postdivorce crisis period in a substantial minority of ... ... middle of paper ... ...Carey & S. C. McDevitt (Eds. ), Prevention and early intervention: Individual differences as risk factors for the mental health of children (pp. 179-189). Reid, W. J., & Crisafulli, A.
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