Divorce and its Effect on Children Research Paper by Nicky

A look at the effects of divorce on the family particularly on the children.
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This paper examines the different problems that arise during and after divorce among children in various developmental stages. It discusses the family as a social institution and then looks at the concept of divorce. This is followed by a presentation of the effects of divorce on children, which is divided into two broad categories: the social and the psychological effects. The paper also examines the positive effects of divorce and how the scarcity of information on this domain makes it a field worth tilling for enthusiasts and divorce students and scholars.

The Family: The Basic Social Institution
What is Divorce?
Effects: The Psychological and the Social
Analysis and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Older children are more likely to display anger and depression at the course of divorce. They also tend to be hostile to their parents in the hope of manipulating their marital decisions (Milgram in Henning & Oldham, 1997, p.56). Drawing from clinical anecdotes, Henning & Oldham demonstrated in their work that adolescent children of divorcing couples tend to demonstrate somatic disorders. The onset of the marital break-up also signals the start of the child's engagement to delinquent behaviors such as lying, stealing, and promiscuous sexual activity. Learning difficulties resulting to poorer academic performances also take place apart from phobias, anorexia, and loss of sleep that act as companion symptoms. On a positive note, this is also a stage where the child has the capacity to recognize the delineations between his faults and his parents'. This recognition allows them to deal with the conflict in an open and direct manner. But things are not that easy as the feelings of past hurt as well as the loyalty conflict that goes with the whole divorce process tend to lead adolescent children to feel alienated from one or both parents. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amato, P.R. (1991). The "Child of Divorce" as a Person Prototype: Bias in the Recall of Information about Children in Divorced Families. Journal of Marriage and the Family,53, 59-69.
  • Cooney, T. M. et al. (1995). Surviving the Break-Up? Predictors of Parent-Adult Child Relations after Parental Divorce. Family Relations, 44, 153-161.
  • Demo, D.H. & Acock, A.C. (1988). The Impact of Divorce on Children. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 50, 619-648.
  • Henning, J.S. & Oldham, J.T. (1977). Children of Divorce: Legal and Psychological Crises. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 1, 55-58.
  • Henslin, J.M. (1993). Sociology. Allyn and Bacon: Massachusetts.

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