Divorce and Effects on Children


Divorceand Effects on Children

Divorceand Effects on Children

Divorcerates in the modern American society have increased at a worryingrate. Divorce statistics indicate a disturbing trend which hasnegatively affected the institution of marriage, which istraditionally considered to be the foundation of the society.However, more concerns have been raised on how divorce affectschildren. Majority of divorcing couples have children. It isestimated that over one and half million children in American aredealing with the negative impacts of their parents divorce. Althoughthe welfare of children is always addressed in divorce proceedings,they suffer immensely due to the challenges and troubles associatedwith a broken family. Divorce affects children both in the short runand the long run. Some of the most important impacts include socialeffects on the child which affects their emotional wellbeing,physical and emotional security and neglect. Majority of childrenwith divorced parent has psychological and behavioral problems due tothe emotional trauma and disruption of life cause by the divorce(Amato &amp Jacob, 2008). There are many factors that affect how thechild will be affected by divorce. This include child gender and age,social and economic status, degree to which the child was involved inthe conflict leading to divorce, parental relationships, divorceagreements between the parents and reasons for divorce (Rappaport,2013).

Understandingthe effects of divorce on children is critical in the development ofsupport programs and policy development aimed at protecting childrenin troubled families. The effectiveness of advocacy programs andpolicies that prevents the negative impacts of divorce on children isdependent on the identification of the risk factors (Rappaport,2013). For example, a human services professional will not deal witha case of a toddler and a teenager in a similar way. This is becausethey experience different risks. Additionally, the understanding willalso be essential in development of coping strategies to deal withlong term effects of parental divorce.


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