Divorce and Children Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Divorce and Children
A discussion on how divorce can be a trigger of psychological distress in children and adolescents.
# 120406 | 1,119 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 13, 2010 in Child, Youth Issues (Effects of Divorce) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses how regardless of whether or not divorce is a primary cause for childhood psychological or social problems, and regardless of whether divorce is one of many possible causes of problems, children who live through their parents getting a divorce will feel some stress. When stress is not dealt with properly it can lead to physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and social problems. The paper argues that children whose parents are going through a divorce therefore need extra attention and care, and shows how exercise, good eating habits, and solid communication between the child and his or her parents are all essential.

From the Paper:

"Children will usually experience some kind of emotional or psychological turmoil before and during the divorce as well as afterwards. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a professional organization, notes that children often believe that the divorce is their fault. Their self-blame could lead to psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. Kim Leon and Kelly Cole, writing for the University of Missouri, describe a number of social and behavioral symptoms of divorce including increased sibling rivalry, irritability, nightmares, and anger. Different children react differently depending on their personalities, on their parents' personalities, on the parenting styles of both mother and father, and on their social and cultural environments. Children from ethnic or religious backgrounds whose communities stigmatize divorced families and children might feel more shame and guilt than children who grow up in areas with high divorce rates. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. "Children and Divorce." May 2008. Retrieved Oct 14, 2008 from http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_divorce
  • Cherlin, Andrew J. "Generation Ex." The Nation. Nov 27, 2000. Retrieved Oct 14, 2008 from http://www.thenation.com/doc/20001211/cherlin
  • Gallagher, Maggie. "The Divorce Thing." National Review Online. Aug 13, 2003. Retrieved Oct 14, 2008 from http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-gallagher081303.asp
  • Help Guide.org. "Coping with Divorce." Retrieved Oct 14, 2008 from http://www.helpguide.org/mental/children_divorce.htm
  • Leon, Kim and Cole, Kelly. "Helping Children Understand Divorce." University of Missouri Extension. Retrieve Oct 14, 2008 from http://extension.missouri.edu/xplor/hesguide/humanrel/gh6600.htm

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