(Sun,2001) This could be because the parents are so stressed out with the marital problems leading to their divorce that they neglect the academic needs of their children such as helping with homework and supporting their self confidence. “Often it is not the divorce itself but parental attitudes during and after the divorce that affect children's behavior and perceptions about family life.”p.476(Amato and Afifi,2006). Parental conflict and hostility play a major roles in how children are affected during and after a divorce. “...divorces that dissolve low-conflict marriages may have negative effects on children”(p.476 Amato and
It can affect the child in many ways as they can become nervous and anxious resulting in them becoming withdrawn and have a lack of confidence at the thought of a new school, they may be leaving close friendship groups making them upset and feeling alone. Most children will experience a new baby in the family. Younger children may find this difficult as they will still be used to having all of the attention and not understand why the family set up has changed, this could lead them to reverting back to baby ways themselves, have tantrums, be unkind to the new baby or become clingy. An older child may feel left out and become withdrawn and feel in the way, which could result in them not feeling a part of the new family. They may endure sleepless nights and loose sleep making them tired and unable to concentrate when at school.
This mainly occurs when a parents use verbal abuse and puts his or her child down. This causes the child to think that it is a norm for them to be talked down by anybody because they grew up in that environment. On the other hand, it might cause the child to be a verbal abuser when he or she gets older to either their children or spouse. Last effect of any type of child abuse is trauma to the body and soul. When a parent or guardian does abuse to a child it my not effect them at the very same moment they are being abused, but in the long run it may cause them to have complexes with the way they think about themselves.
In today’s society, divorce has become a norm in our lives. Married couples today are getting a divorce due to many different reasons, either because of conflicts in the marriage, lost of romantic feelings, a spouse committing an affair, and other type of marriage problems. Most of these divorced couples have children that are very young and due to their age, have no idea on how to deal with an event like a divorce. These children will have to learn to deal with their parent’s divorce at such a young age, affecting them in a positive or negative way. The effects of recent enlargement in divorce rates are negative effects.
There is proof that divorced couples turn out to be more vulnerable to fall into depression because of a sense of failure and purposelessness. Thirdly, people claim that once divorced, they will better and extend their social involvement so as to compensate for the loss of their spouses. Nevertheless, divorce brings major changes in the social lives of the adults, such as having no time for social interaction. Having to handle everything on their own, parents find it difficult to cope
For example if a father leaves the mother unexpectedly and the mother cannot cope looking after the child on her own then the child will be optionally put in care or a care order put in place. Once a family have a breakdown this can put a lot of stress on individuals in the family including the children. The children may struggle with their situation and begin to show signs of behavioural problems, this will stress the single parent and then the child once again may be optionally or forced to be put into care. • Suspected abuse- if there are signs that the parents are abusing the child this can be from physical, emotional, social and intellectual abuse then this would be another reason for the child to have a care order put in
Divorce affects children both mentally and physically, and is also based on the child’s age, personality and gender. When a divorce occurs, parents tend to forget about the child and do not realize how much of a negative impact that it has on the child. This paper will provide a detailed description of the emotional and psychological effects of divorce on infants, preschool aged children, school aged children and adolescents. Also, their behavioral development and strategies to help children cope with divorce. Then we will see how divorce affects children spiritually.
Although children experience divorce and separation differently, the one constant that should be addressed are the child´s feelings of abandonment, mistrust and symptoms that define the emotions of an attachment disorder, factors that also seriously affect school learning. According to researchers, divorce affects secure attachments, which could have a negative impact on behavior in childhood and throughout the life of a child. For example, children diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) frequently display attachment disorders (trust), due to abuse or trauma which can be caused by separation or divorce. The emotional stress of a divorce alone can be enough to stop the child´s academic progress, but the lifestyle changes and instability of a broken family can contribute to poor education. However, this poor
Taking Sides: Divorce Affecting Children’s Development In today’s society, divorce is becoming a prevalent issue that plagues the traditional family. More and more couples are turning to divorce as the answer to their marital conflicts. But while divorce may be the answer for the parent’s contention, many researchers are claiming divorce may not be the best solution for children. One such researcher, Karl Zinsmeister, wrote an article in The American Enterprise entitled, “Divorce’s Toll on Children,” in which he expounds on the negative impact that divorce has on today’s children. The purpose of this paper is to critique Zinsmeister’s article, and explore its potential flaws and strengths.