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Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children

Divorce rate has been sky rocketing in the past decade in many industrialized countries. According to recent statistics, 50% of most marriages in North America end up in divorce causing concern in social, political and religious circles of the country. The psychological effects these divorces have on children are not considered by parents and the society. There are many reasons why most marriages end up in divorce in 21st century.

Regardless of the reasons why divorces are happening, it is always traumatic for everyone who is involved. In many cases, it’s the children who suffer the most. The perception of divorce varies among children depending on their age and gender.

Age factor:

In most cases, it is hard for younger children to deal with the loss of a parent who is no longer living in their place. This may be just a short term effect on them. Older kids on the other hand, face long term psychological effects due to the fact that they no longer feel like a complete family which they had before the occurrence of divorce.

Gender factor:

In many divorce cases, mothers are granted custody, which has a negative effect on boys. Because the father, who is also a male role model for boys, is no longer living in the same house which make it very difficult for them to get adjusted to divorce.

According to a study from Wallerstein, the following are some psychological effects divorce has on children;

• Persisted anger towards the parent who had begun the divorce process through out their life time

• Face severe or moderate clinical depression leading to irrational behavior in most cases

• They also feel powerless, which later leads them to severe depression

• Some children endanger their lives by participating in criminal activities because they do not have parental guide

• Educational ability of a child might be ruined by parental divorce

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