Broken Family Effects

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Family is considered as a unit but why do families experience conflict within the group? Is it the misunderstanding of the people within it or is it the environmental influencing the family? Marriage is the foundation of the family on which parents cooperate with each other to help sustain the needs of the children. Children who experienced living in a broken family tend to be depressed. Some of them tend to redo what happened to their past life and the children will suffer the most. Divorce has two effects in the children it could be short-term and long-term, some of these effects can be treated and some can stay forever as a marking of their past history. The legal termination of marriage also known as “divorce” breaks the foundation of the…show more content…
Parents’ divorce has both short- and long-term effects on children. Some short-term effects include (1) children might feel guilty or responsible for the divorce, (2) they may become increasingly aggressive, violent and/or uncooperative, lashing out at both parents, (3) may become emotionally needy out of fear of being abandoned, (4) may lose the ability to concentrate which could then affect academic performance, and (5) may develop intense feelings of grief and loss. Although many of the effects of divorce on children are short term after which they fade once the child has time to adjust to the new family situation and all the changes that have occurred, there are many cases where the effects may be long term. The children of divorced parents may be more likely to: (1) be less educated, (2) experience poverty and/or socio-economic disadvantage, (3) exhibit anti-social behaviour as well as other behavioural problems such as (4) suffer from drug and or alcohol addictions, and (5) experience separation and/or divorce…show more content…
Researchers found that when young children witnessed conflict between their parents, this eventually leads to issues in their teenage years, including depression and anxiety. “The results further highlight the possibility that there will be persistent negative effects of children 's early experiences when there is conflict between their parents, at least when their emotional insecurity increases as a result of the conflict,” according to Mark Cummings, Notre Dame Endowed Chair in Psychology, who led the research. Moon (2011) finds that the self-interests and personal experiences associated with marital Status influence perceptions of the effects of divorce on children. Regardless of gender, parents’ marital or divorce influences their ratings of the impact of divorce on children. Specifically, married fathers and mothers evaluated the impact of divorce on their children more negatively than did divorced fathers and mothers. These findings are consistent with the social psychology literature, and the need individuals have to reduce their cognitive dissonance is extended to the divorce

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