The Implications of Divorce on Children

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TheImplications of Divorce on Children

Childrenrely greatly on their parents and often interact with them innumerous ways. A divorce presents multifaceted changes into the livesof kids, especially in terms of trust, love, dependence, care,aggression, and welfare. Currently, America has one of the highestnumbers of children anguishing from unsuccessful marriages (Ashmoreand Brodzinsky 12). Separation essentially results in lasting harm tothose affected, but it mostly affects kids. The disruptions sufferedby children from divorced marriages experience unfavorable parentchild associations, long running custody battles, discord betweendivorced partners, poor emotional support systems, prone to economichardships and susceptibility to adverse life events. However, it canalso results to an enhanced magnitude of independence, assertiveness,dominance, accountability, and adjustment. The paper highlights theimpact that divorce has on American children.

Tobegin with, the family unit may be the smallest social element but itis also the most significant. A damaged or compromised family unitthus translates to a dented society. During the first half of the19thCentury, the American populace decried divorce as a largelyscandalous affair and therefore rejected the very notion (Bernardiand Radl 1659). Presently, the culture, behaviors and evenlegislation not only favor divorce but also seem to support itsdevelopment. Separation lays waste to human as well as socialcapital, increases taxpayer burden while also diminishing taxableincomes. By extension, it weakens the future competencies of childrenin school, the family, marketplace, government and religion (Bernardiand Radl 1661). In fact, if the reversal of the present social andcultural perceptions of divorce were radically transformed, it wouldtranslate to a cultural revolution. On the other hand, psychologistsand sociologists underscore the destructive attributes of divorcesuch as eroding parent child relationships. The children get anexposure to divorce, which is a perverse means for conflictresolution (Oppawsky 3). Such kids not only exhibit below averagesocial competencies but also poor identification with sociallyacceptable gender roles (Lauroba 55). As such, divorce is blamed forcompelling affected children to experience misconstrued sensesconcerning femininity or masculinity during young adulthood.

Today’ssocieties continue to experience an intensification of separationrates, which increase the figure of nontraditional families, forexample, re-formed and single parent. Once a family separates, thealready-developed emotional attachment and parental structures breakdown. In this regard, it negatively affects a kid’s gender-rolealignment, social interaction or behavior, and sentimental adjustment(Oppawsky 3). A mother or a father is the first reinforce orinitiator of demeanor in a child, which means that a divorce inhibitsthe capacity of adjustment that an individual will develop. Forexample, teenagers will find it problematic to adapt to new levels ofcontrol, independence, aggression, responsibility, and attainment.Post-divorce provisions will see a kid living with one parent, in areconstituted family, foster home, or with another household member(Oppawsky 3). This means that a child will learn to cultivate newengagements, interact afresh, and adapt to a different environment.However, where a divorce occurs because of abuse, children canbenefit greatly. The pressure placed on them by the abusive parentwill diminish, which leads to increased care and security. Moreover,the kids will regularly assume household obligations to offset forthe absent parent thus, enhancing their competences and knowledge ongender-appropriate conduct, nurturing, or responsibilities.

Conclusively,people have always supposed that any nonconformity to a nuclearfamily is aberrant and detrimental to the individuals involved. It isimperative to note that divorce does not have uniform implications onkids since the consequences vary along the lines of pre or postdivorce adjustments, family characteristics, dimensions of care, thereasons behind the separation. However, it affects one’s capacityof adjustment, independence, accountability, social interaction,emotional attachment, and behavior.


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