Children's Acceptance of Divorce Essay

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Children's Acceptance of Divorce

Review of Literature Introduction At present there are rising divorce rates everywhere in the developed world. It is accepted in most societies that "where there is a marriage, there is a divorce." Our society has a confused attitude towards divorce: accepting it as inevitable but at the same time, hankering after the religious ideal of "till death due us part." Even still, the divorce rate continues to climb. Statistics show that, "In the United States, one out of every two marriages ends in divorce and in Canada, one in our." These climbing rates are alarming. It suggests a "divorce epidemic" in society today. This epidemic brings upon new economic problems such as the increasing number of single,
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"Very young children, under the age of three, often don't understand what is going on. Those bit older often feel they are to blame, and are afraid of losing the other parent. They cling to their parent, have nightmares, and need endless reassurance." Younger children tend to fantasize a great deal about their parents getting back together whereas for older children, it is a different perspective. " Preadolescent youngster fail to see divorce as a logical solution and feel that their parents should stay together. For adolescents, divorce may be seen as a relief in some instances, however there is pain." Research indicates, and experts agree that divorce is a very painful transition in the lives of all the members involved. The emotional impact, however, will depend on the nature of the child. Behaviour Trends Divorce brings on behaviour changes in children of all ages. Again, they vary from child to child. "Adolescent males often become more aggressive and destructive. Females, however, initially take things fairly well, assuming a lot of family responsibility. But in young adulthood, they develop problems. This is known as the "sleeper effect." The behaviour of the child of a divorced family is mainly developed by the single parent whom they live with " … Studies show that many boys in single parent

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