University of Maryland University College The Negative Effects of Divorce on Children As of 2014, after the release of the most recent census survey, the United States divorce rate was recorded as 6.9% per 1,000 total population (“National,” 2014). As much as it hurts both adults involved in the separation, if there are children from the marriage, it affects them more. As stated by Slaikeu (1996), “divorce creates a temporary state of disorder and disorganization,” (as cited in Guinart & Grau, 2014, p. 409). Children can become confused and angry. They may even blame themselves for not being ‘good enough’ or worth the effort it would take their parents to stay together. Divorce introduces a massive change in a child’s life. Having to go back and forth between two households and getting used to the daily absence of one parent is physically and mentally hard on kids. Children of divorced parents may begin to feel depressed and anxious, have behavioral problems, or struggle with relationships as they move into adulthood.
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People show this effect in different ways. Adults of divorced parents may choose to marry someone they don’t really know or love to get themselves out of an unhappy home. Even though their marriages may not work out for the long run, adults may see it as a temporary fix to a problem they’ve been experiencing for too long. Adults can also develop a sense of unease and anxiety with the opposite sex. It can be harder for them to build and grow a trustful, fulfilling relationship because they have the mindset that marriages can’t work out or are likely to fail (Costello, 2003, p.