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.
Research evidence has shown that marital distress and conflict within a marriage causes a wide range of negative effects on the children of the feuding spouses. Many of the effects upon the children include depression, isolations, social inadequacy, mental health issues and academic status decreases. A study conducted in 1991suggests that out of 13000 people, the children that come from a divorced family tended to have poor academic performance and displayed more behavior problems. Some American couples suggest the divorce may be a way to solve their problems quickly and perhaps, more easily, rather than taking the time to work things out through counseling and other alternatives. When divorce occurs it does not just happen between those that are married, everyone in relation to the divorcee’s are effected.
First, negative reactions and behaviors are dependent upon the situation before the divorce. Some studies show that how much parents fight, how it is done, how it is resolved, and what precautions are taken to protect the children from it's effects are the most important predictors of child adjustment (Kelly, 2000). Meaning that if children are exposed to fights about custody, money, or the failing marriage they could feel the repercussions of their parents conflict. Next, divorce can cause children to have heightened fear... ... middle of paper ... ...Statistics Reports. Retrieved November 3, 2002 from the World Wide Web: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr50/nvsr50_14.pdf Cummins, H.J.
This belief is misguided. Children who suffer through their parents’ divorce experience emotional and behavioral problems as well as “sleeper” effects that may break out later on in their lives. Since the 1970s, nearly a million children have been involved in a divorce each year (Zinsmeister 1). Parents believe that divorce is a solution to all of their problems. They think that separating, to stop all of the fighting, is best for everyone, including their children.
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Divorces in the United States are often only thought about from a single perspective, that being the two spouses involved. However, children are severely affected by the aftermath of divorces probably even more so than the parents, especially on the long-term basis. About one third of children experience this fallout, and of those divorces only a third claim to have done all they could to save their marriages (Holst). Based on middle-class cultural norms in modern society, both the psychological and physical effects on children from parental separation constitute many factors during and after the divorce. Assessing consequences of divorce on children are both subjective and problematic because many factors and personal experiences are taken into account.
It is something that affects each member of a family at different times and in different ways. About half of all marriages will end in divorce, leaving one million children each year to deal with the process of divorce (Martin et aI, 2003). More than one million children are affected by divorce each year. Research question: To determine the effect of divorce on children such as social and emotional. Also to understand the emotional harm to children of divorced parents.
According to an online statistic source, in the United States alone, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year (“Thirty-two Shocking Divorce Statistics” par. 4). With about two million marriages each year and nearly a million annual divorces, there is a considerable portion of our country that is affected by d... ... middle of paper ... ...lpGuide, n.d. Web.
The child that has underwent parental divorce may show signs of decreased scholastic achievement, decline in relationship quality amongst family and peers, behavioral issues, substance abuse, as well as anxiety and depression (Neher & Short, 1998; Uphold-Carrier & Utz, 2012). Long-term Depression and Anxiety in Children of Divorce According to Uphold-Carrier and Utz (2012) the general experience one may undergo during a divorce makes children marginally more susceptible to depression in the long-term. Regardless of where a child is at in their life chronologically, they are more at-risk to depression and anxiety in comparison to their peers with married parents. Children in the adolescent stage of life are continuously adjusting to things like school and social life, and children who come from divorced families are also forced to adjust to this added component. Poor overall adjustment to divorce can be affirmed by research data in children with divorced parents versus those with parents still we... ... middle of paper ... ...12).
In 2002, there was a whopping 955,000 divorces recorded across the nation. Compared to the total in 1950, 385,000, there is no doubt that the divorce rate in American society is only becoming more prevalent. Of course, there are hundreds of reasons for why couples choose divorce, but a large majority of them can be chalked up to major societal changes in the last 100 to fifty years. The research in this paper will examine key transformations in the American way of life that directly affect marriage. For example, liberal divorce laws, economic factors, women’s independence, and religious factors.