Divorce And Its Effect On Children

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Abstract The divorce rate has increased since the 1960s and more and more children are being raised in single parent homes. Family has such a dramatic impact on the success and development of children, that many psychologist have taken an interest in studying how the separation of parents can influence a child immediately following a divorce, as well as the long term effects. It is generally agreed that divorce has negative consequences on the children effected by it but experts have varying viewpoints on what the actual damage is and what, specifically, caused that damage. Topics of divorce that are that are widely debated include whether divorce itself is most detrimental to children or the marital conflict they may be exposed to, if divorce has a greater effect on boys or girls, how divorce effects the children’s relationships later in life, and the negative values kids may learn as a result of their parents’ divorce.
Starting in the mid-1960s the divorce rate and number of single parent homes has been increasing. In 1970 only about 12% of American families with children were headed by a single parent, by 1984 25%, and more recent studies show about 40% of U.S. children will witness the breakup of their parents ' marriages before they reach 18” (Cherlin). The dramatic increase in divorce rates during the 60s and 70s was a result of the introduction of the no-fault divorce along with the feminist movement. Employment of women increased and there was less
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