Sociological Effects Of Divorce

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“Today, more than 23 million American children live in a single-parent household (“State Divorce Laws”). Many children have watched their parents go through a divorce. It can be a very hard experience for children to go through. Some researchers have suggested that not only the divorce itself, but the tensions between the parents has a harmful impact on children. Children who experience divorce are also more likely to have social or pathological problems as they grow up. Growing up in a happy home can benefit children by protecting them from these social and pathological problems. However, the divorce rate in the United States is near 40%, meaning that many children are unfortunately not living in happy homes. Children who experience their…show more content…
Along with a changing life, divorce brings many emotional problems into the world of the child. The age of a child affects their reaction to a divorce, and the reactions shown by these children of different ages are almost polar opposite. Many young children tend to blame themselves for a divorce, thinking that they were the reason their parents’ relationship didn’t work. They become more dependent on their parents. Young children also dream about their parents getting back together again. Children from the ages of nine to thirteen react by becoming independent from their parents, as they feel betrayed and abandoned by them. Boys this age become rebellious, and begin to have aggressive behavior. Girls who are in the adolescent age become anxious and distance themselves from their parents, and also experience emotional problems. Among these problems are; bitterness, stress, anxiety, emotional pain, fear, abandonment, and loss of self-esteem. It is also found that girls who come from divorced parents are sexually active at a younger…show more content…
Still, more than 20% of first marriages end in divorce within five years, and 48% of marriages are dissolved by 20 years” (“Marriage and Divorce”). Divorce brings many problems into a family such as; emotional, relational, and even financial struggles. With it, divorce carries the aftereffects of property division, child custody, and alimony payments. New laws changed the face of divorce, especially the no fault divorce law. Many children are forced to watch their parents go through a divorce. The emotional and social problems that divorce puts on children can be especially difficult and can be lifelong obstacles. In fact, if a child’s parents got a divorce, that child is 14% more likely to get a divorce also. Divorce proves to be a vicious circle, in which no one really

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