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This paper looks at the effects on children who are brought up in a dysfunctional family. It defines what constitutes both dysfunctional and healthy families and reviews research that indicates a link between dysfunction and problems in later life.
From the Paper:"The significant depth and breadth of research and literature, the movies and television specials, the discussion on talk shows on the topic of the negative effects of dysfunctional families upon children shows that they are myriad and all certainly damaging to not only the children, but their parents, extended families, friends and communities. A dysfunctional family has the power to absolutely destroy a child's life both physically and emotionally and, as such, it can extend its problems like a cancerous growth outside the boundaries of the home. The children of dysfunctional families are of a significantly greater risk for academic, social, emotional, and mental problems, they are more likely to become abusive towards others, more likely to become self-destructive, more likely to be sexually active earlier, more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol earlier, more likely to "grow up too fast", and are at greater risk of promulgating the very same problems that their parents and family experiences with their own. The children of dysfunctional families often take on adult responsibilities earlier than their peers and are often left alone by their parents either physically or emotionally."
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Cite this Cause and Effect Essay:
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