Divorce of Parents Harms Their Children Term Paper by Nicky

Divorce of Parents Harms Their Children
An argument that divorce negatively impacts the long-term well-being of children.
# 149689 | 1,859 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Child, Youth Issues (Effects of Divorce)

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The paper begins by discussing how divorce is a critical life experience for children, made up of a long process as opposed to a singular, large event. The paper explores the negative effects of divorce that include reduced academic achievement, psychological and social adjustment problems, reduced self-concept development, loneliness, reduced parental involvement and reduced economic resources. The paper also notes that global life satisfaction has been shown to be decreased in children of divorced parents.

Divorce: A Critical Life Experience for Children
Loneliness in Children of Divorced Parents
Civitci, Civitci, and Fiyakali's (2009) Research on Loneliness and Life Satisfaction Differences in Divorced and Non-Divorced Children
The Effects of Parental Divorce on the General Well-Being of Children

From the Paper:

"Life satisfaction is the evaluation and cognitive judgment that a person makes about his or her own life. There are a number of factors, according to previous studies, that have been shown to affect life satisfaction, including: positive parental attitudes, parental attachment, a family's socioeconomic status, and a child's positive relationships with their parents (as cited by Civitci, Civitci, and Fiyakali, 2009). Citing numerous studies, Civitci, Civitci, and Fiyakali conclude that both global life satisfaction, as well as global well being, is significantly lower in children from separated families, than those children who come from continuously intact two-parent families. There are several reasons for this phenomenon.
"The psychological well being of a child is often threatened by a variety of stressful events that occur due to parental divorce. The first stressful event that the child encounters is often one parent leaving the home. In addition, there is often exposure, for the child, to continuing interparental conflict and discord, despite the separation and eventual divorce. Children of divorced parents are subjected to parental distress. They may move to a new home, even a new city, be forced to change schools, and often experience a decline in economic resources (Civitci, Civitci, and Fiyakali, 2009). All of these factors equate to marital dissolution having a detrimental impact on children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amato, P. & Keith, B. (Jul 1991). Parental divorce and the well-being of children: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 110(1). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from PsycArticles.
  • Civitci, N., Civitci, A., & Fiyakali, N. (May 2009). Loneliness and life satisfaction in adolescents with divorced and non-divorced parents. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice, 9(2). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from Academic Search Complete.
  • Divorce rates by state: 1990, 1995, and 1999-2004. (19 Oct 2005). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/divorce90_04.pdf.
  • Heatherington, E. (Oct 1979). Divorce: A child's perspective. American Psychologist, 34(11). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from Academic Search Complete.
  • Marriage & divorce. (2009 Apr 2). Retrieved July 27, 2009, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/divorce.htm.

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