Divorced Parents vs. Married Parents (Effects on Children) Children being raised in a single-parent household has become more common over the past decades. Parents, whether married or single, should always try their best to make the most for the benefit of their child’s future. However, children sometimes experience obstacles that are tough to overcome due to the type of lifestyle they are in. One of the factors could have been caused by the type of household the child lived in.
(Al Gharaibeh, 2015). The most susceptible in a parental divorce are the children. Some children respond to divorce with aggressive or withdrawn behaviors. These behaviors in turn have emotional impact in their social lives. These children are left to feeling anxious, sad, lonely, and experience low self-esteem.
83). Although it is a relatively common occurrence in today’s society it is still a stressful situation and entails a number of changes for children and their families. The impact on the child/ren’s (family’s) microsystem may have a ripple effect; therefore the stressors need to be addressed. Information has been included on how to help their child/ren with divorce in general and the types of behavioral changes parents and/or caregivers can watch out for. Children need structure especially during a time when the world as they know it is undergoing such a drastic change.
However, the parent’s respective happiness should not be the sole basis for the decision to dissolve the union (Berger). Of all parties involved in a divorce, children have fared the worst. Jennifer Tyree, who received her B.S from the University of Tennessee and her J.D. from The American University, believes the innocence of childhood evaporates the day the parents announce divorce (Tyree). Step-families, a decline in income, a stressed single parent, or a family move are all dramatic adjustments for children.
Studies also show that children who have gone through divorce are more likely to get lower grades and are considered less pleasant to be around by their peers and teens who live in a single parent or blended home are three times more likely to need psychological help within a year. These choices are already made for the children and they have
In our first study, Kendra Randall Jolivet discusses divorce through the child’s perspective. Jolivet focuses on how divorce affects children. Jolivet’s study is on the GordonPoll Youth Survey. The survey asked more than 1,000 teenagers between the ages of fourteen and eighteen their opinions on divorce and obtained their attitudes, thoughts and feelings towards divorce and family issues. The survey not only included children with divorced parents, but also children that come from married homes.
Fiyinfoluwa Olufemi Professor McCaffrey ENG 1102 09 February 2016 Annotated Bibliography: Are adult children of divorce more likely unable to form an intimate relationship? Clarke-Stewart, Alison, and Cornelia Brentano. Divorce: Causes and Consequences. N.p.:
Chapter 4 How Divorce Effects the Child, Family In this book, our purpose is to make the world a most habitable place for the children- the future leaders of this world. We must be able to temper heated emotion with a not so heated temper. We must be able to walk away from volatile situations to prevent crisis. Divorce on children is absolutely dreadful.
With divorce comes many negative reactions and coping mechanisms. Famous psychologist John Bowbly, who introduced the Theory of Attachment between parental figures and children when born, attributed two main emotions that come as a package when divorce is present: anger and hostility. Negative emotions are directly linked to how the adults in the situation handle the divorce. It is stated that if parental figures show anger and hostility before, after, and even during the divorce, the children involved will learn from their behavior and replicate it as a “normal model”. This is what Bandura called “The Social Learning Theory”.
Introduction According to Cherlin (1992) a divorce is a judicial declaration of separating a husband and wife from all matrimonial obligations. Divorce cases have been rising drastically since the 1970s, when the divorce laws were eased. In the past divorce was a very rare occurrence but today it’s like the song of the day. Today marriage can be dissolved in a court of law or any other competent body.
In a previous class I took, I saw classmates debate whether divorce is good for children or bad for them, but I did not learn much from the debate. The lecture on lecture 9 helped get a better understanding of the outcomes of divorce. I was able to learn that divorce can be good for children; if their parents’ marriage is full of conflict then the divorce has better outcomes for the children. However, if a child’s parents were in a low conflict marriage, then the divorce results in greater difficulty for children. This makes sense, since a child believes that their parents are fine since they barely fight, and then they are filing for divorce at what feels like was out of the
Beth Walston-Dunham (2011) explains that in deciding on which parent to grant child custody, the courts usually place great consideration on the best interests of the children, before other factors. These are the interests that ensure that the child’s psychological and emotional wellbeing is upheld in the aftermath of a divorce. A divorce brings with it very dramatic changes into the lives of the children. Because of these, the courts have been tasked to examine a number of factors that affect the life and needs of the children after a divorce. The courts have majorly granted child custody to the parent who offers the most suitable parenting environment that meets the needs of the children as well as one that is least disrupts their life, (Walston-Dunham,
One huge way that home life can detrimentally affect a child’s whole life is divorce. Churchill writes that, “One study reported that persons raised in divorced families have less positive attitudes towards marriage, and more positive attitudes towards divorce. This negative attitude about marriage leads to decreased commitment to romantic relationships, which in turn is related to lower relationship quality” (21). The foundation of a relationship is trust, and it is obvious that if these people cannot sustain a healthy relationship, the trust is simply not there. When trust is not strong in a relationship, both sides of the relationships are uncomfortable, constantly.
reported that “8 years after divorce (on average), the adolescents report more symptoms of anxiety and depression, a lower feeling of well-being, and more school relater problems than their counterparts whose parents stay together” (81). Sometimes in divorce one parent leaves both their partner and their child. In these cases it isn’t uncommon for children to develop abandonment issues. Abandonment issues can stem from the action of abandonment too. The parent doesn’t necessarily have to leave the child forever to cause abandonment issues to arise.
Divorce has become a common and accepted practice in our society. It is estimated that 876,000 people get divorced every year. However, despite the fact that divorce is common, it is still difficult for people to go through this ordeal. That is why many people meet with a counselor while they are going through divorce. Below is a list of reasons you should attend counseling while going through divorce: