Essay The Effects of Divorce on Children

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Statistics show that couples with children are 26% less likely to get a divorce than couples without children. About 40% of couples with children get a divorce while 66% of couples without children get a divorce (Divorce Statistics). Every year an average of 1 million divorces occur in the United States, and women initiate the divorce 65% of the time. The leading causes of divorce are lack of communication and indisputable differences. Often times children that have parents who go through divorce are mentally and emotionally unstable. Children that have parents who are divorced or who are in the process of going through a divorce respond and react differently.
There are four major effects that divorce has on a child: stress, risk,
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As they grow older it becomes more of a hassle to transport all of their belongings back and forth every week, leading more teens to decide to live with only one parent. Frequently, children will blame themselves for their parents' divorce even when it was just the parents inability to communicate effectively and clearly.
The second largest element that affects the child is risk. Children will become more at risk of anger, disobedience, and rule violations. Some children will be sad for a prolonged period of time which creates anxiety, depression, and mood swings. On the other hand, there are children that will become exceedingly responsible and comfort their parents as if they were the responsible adult. However, many children do poorly in school, become introverted, and/or lose interest in daily activities when their parents get a divorce. Frequently children get angry and take their anger out on others and act out much differently than they previously had.
Often times children display resiliency when their parents get a divorce. It is important that children have resilience when they go through this situation because without it they will struggle to maintain normality in their daily lives. When parents reduce the amount of stress in the divorce the child will cope better through the experience. Resiliency should not always be overlooked because in some

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