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.
What is known for sure is that divorce affects children. Trust and relationships are affected by parents divorcing. The definition of trust is the belief that someone or something that is reliable; a dependence on something future. Divorce affects the level of trust and can change how trust is managed in relationships. Trust is shaken when the child loses the the security of both parents living together, and girls and boys react differently to the divorce.
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). Parental divorce among young and adult children: A long-term quantitative analysis of mental health and family solidarity. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53, 247-266. Vanassche, S., Sodermans, A. K., Matthijs, K., & Swicegood, G. (2013). Commuting between two parental households: The association between joint physical custody and adolescent wellbeing following divorce.
A divorce can affect the traditional family dynamic in a multiple ways, including the relationship between children and their parents. The relationship between adolescent children and their parents in post-divorce families is often strained as a result of poor communications. Research indicates that a high degree of conflict between former spouses is one of the strongest detrimental influences on children and parent–child relations (Afifi & Schrodt, 2003). Two key behavior phenomena that can be observed in adolescents, in respect to their relationship to their divorced parents, are “feeling caught” as a mediator and inappropriate parental divorce disclosures. It has been suggested that, because older children have developed cognitive maturity, parents tend to rely on their adolescent offspring to provide support and advice, resulting in increased pressures and responsibilities (Wright & Maxwell, 1991).
Felling guilt for actions that do not pertain to them can have lasting psychological effects. In a study done on effects of divorce, almost half of the participants felt responsible for their parents divorce (Taylor 2001). This study involves interviewing children regarding their views of the parental divorce. It discusses these children?s feelings and gives specific recommendations. The children are asked a series of questions including, ?Do/did you feel responsible for your parents?
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Divorce has grown conventional in today's society. First marriages stand a 50% chance of breaking up and second marriages stand a 67% chance of doing the same thing (issue 8 pg 146). It seems as if instead of working out problems and believing in love, people are giving up and throwing away all they worked on together for so long, thinking that their next marriage will be much different. By doing this they are hurting not only themselves but also their children and could cause them to have negative side effects later on into their adult lives according to clinical psychologist Judith S. Wallerstein. Erikson's theory of personality development can help calculate which and how stages are affected when parents get divorce.
Also to understand the emotional harm to children of divorced parents. The main way to achieve this is to help the children maintain a close and secure relationship with both parents. Statement problem: A relationship is one factor compared to several that have an impact on children. Children are in a crucial time for cognitive, psychosocial and emotional transformation (Hines, 2007). These are all impacts that adolescents face and a parental divorce can make this process more difficult during these transformations.
And, the research included children from “intact” families. The researchers used the interviews and the direct observation to find out how could the children be affected by the divorce, and compared between the children who went through the divorce and the other from the intact families. The result after analyzing was that toddler from divorced families question that all relations will not last forever. Moreover, they have regression such as bedwetting, nightmares and brief blanket holding or brief thumb sucking (Amato and Keith in 1991). The third study’s propose was to analysis the causes of divorced and determine the risks... ... middle of paper ... ...ior that will be taken from observing his attitude in the house and kindergarten - Step two, analyze the notes that were taken in step one.