The Effects of Divorce on Children

argumentative Essay
2257 words
2257 words

Divorce is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, significantly affecting children’s well-being. It radically changes their future causing detrimental effects. According to (Julio Cáceres-Delpiano and Eugenio Giolito, 2008) nearly 50% of marriages end with divorce. 90% of children who lived in the USA in the 1960s stayed with their own biological parents, whereas today it makes up only 40% (Hetherington, E. Mavis, and Margaret Stanley-Hagan, 1999). Such an unfavorable problem has been increasing, because in 1969, the legislation of California State changed the divorce laws, where spouses could leave without providing causes (Child Study Center, 2001). This resolution was accepted by the other states and later, the number of divorced people has been steadily growing. Such a typical situation is common for most countries in the world, which negatively affects children’s individuality. However, remarkably little amount of people can conceive the impact of marital separation caused to offspring. (? passive) Many children after separation of parents are exposed to a number of changes in the future. They have to be getting used to a further living area, feelings and circumstances. Their response to divorce can vary and depends on age, gender and personal characteristics. This essay will show the effects of divorce on children under various aspects such as educational, psychological and social impact. In addition, it will contain data about the divorce rate in the US and present disparate reactions of children. It will also include adequate recommendations for parents as to how act to children after divorce, in order to minimize the adverse effect on children.

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During the 1960s and 1980s in the USA, there were signi...

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Works Cited

Hetherington, E. Mavis, and Margaret Stanley-Hagan. "The Adjustment of Children with Divorced Parents: A Risk and Resiliency Perspective." Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines 40, no. 1 (January 1999): 129. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed March 8, 2011).

Sobolewski, Juliana M., and Paul R. Amato. 2007. "Parents' Discord and Divorce, Parent-Child Relationships and Subjective Well-Being in Early Adulthood: Is Feeling Close to Two Parents Always Better than Feeling Close to One?." Social Forces 85, no. 3: 1105-1124. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed March 8, 2011).

Shansky, Janet. 2002. "NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DIVORCE ON CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT." Journal of Pastoral Counseling 37, 73. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed March 8, 2011).

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that divorce affects children's well-being worldwide and radically changes their future causing detrimental effects. the essay will show the effects of divorce on children under various aspects such as educational, psychological and social impact.
  • Explains that in the 1960s and 1980s, there were significant modifications in divorce legislation, which has contributed to immense variations.
  • Explains that children of different ages react in different ways after separation of parents. they are concerned about their life without one of the parents, routines, and living place.
  • Explains that divorce affects children's relationships, stating that closeness to both parents contributes to optimal outcomes. however, as the divorce rate increases, single-parent families grow.
  • Compares the effects of divorce on children, based on their age, gender, and attitude. girls and boys react differently to divorce.
  • Opines that parents should be prepared for lengthy, long conversations with children about their divorce. exact and transparent decision helps children be aware of necessity (deprivation) and avoid conflicts in the presence of children.
  • Opines that the conversations should be focused on children. many children experience grief (misery, suffering, pain) of their parents' divorce, but it is essential to explain (clarify).
  • Explains that divorce has an extensive educational impact on children. children from divorced families tend to be less successful in academic achievements and less purposeful than children from intact families.
  • Analyzes how divorce negatively affects children's academic performance. emery states that 78% of children from divorced families got lower than 50%, while only 30% from intact families failed their exams.
  • Concludes that divorce has an effect on offspring's life in various aspects. it causes emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems.
  • Explains hetherington, e. mavis, and stanley-hagan, "the adjustment of children with divorced parents: a risk and resilience perspective."
  • Analyzes sobolewski, juliana m., and paul r. amato's article, parent-child relationships and subjective well-being in early adulthood.
  • States shansky, janet, "negative effects of divorce on child and adolescent psychosocial adjustment".
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