Divorce and its’ Effects on Children

Divorce. By definition it means the ending of a marriage by a legal process. However, to thousands of children around the world, that word signifies horror, anger, frustration and death, the death of a once joy-filled household. Speaking of personal experience the divorce of one’s parents is something that lingers in the back of his/her mind forever. Even if someone seems over it, they never are. The divorce of one’s parents leaves a lifelong scar that cannot be ignored.

The divorce affects numerous aspects of the child’s life. The divorce puts stress on the child leading them to having an increased vulnerability to both physical and mental sicknesses. Statistics show that children of divorced parents are fifty percent more likely to develop health problems than children in two parent families. The stress of the divorce will also affect the child’s academics and concentration ability. This will affect their ability to do well and concentrate in school. In some cases, it will make them give up and drop out. The high school dropout rate of children of divorced parents is roughly two times higher than that of children of which the parents did not divorce. To add on, divorce undoubtedly increases the threat that children will go through psychological and behavioral problems. Troubled children are expected to develop problems with anger, disobedience, and rule violations. Other children become upset for lengthened periods of time. They may become depressed, apprehensive, or become perhaps excessively responsible, stressed out kids who end up caring for their parents instead of being taken care of by them. Children with divorced parents are twenty-two percent more likely to need physiological assistance and help. They are also twice as likely to attempt suicide in comparison to children of normal families.

If parents take a second look at the effects of a divorce on their child, they would do whatever it takes to avoid one. Divorce can turn the happiest child into a child filled with hate and anger. This is something that all should avoid. Think about it. It is so much more than just the ending of a marriage.

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