Divorce And The Effects On Child Development

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Divorce and the Effects on Child Development
Nicole Harris
Child Development- PSYC 3026-20
Simpson University
July 3, 2015

Divorce and the Effects on Child Development
Although needed in severe cases of abuse, divorce harmfully impacts, wives husbands and children. The lack of understanding of the primary nature of marriage has brought about a withdrawal from the institution of marriage. Parents need to slow on the uptake and proceed with care before the decision is made that divorce is the best solution for the child. Parents’ marital misery and friction harmfully affect their children’s happiness, comfort and security, but as does being subjected to going through a divorce. Children who are living in very high conflict and tension filled homes may be at an advantage by being detached from the conflicts. (Marriages that run at a lower level of upheaval, conceivably over two-thirds of divorces are of this kind; however divorce can make the children’s circumstances much worse on the heels of a divorce).
Children can and will gain if parents can and work out their problems and stay as a unit rather than get a divorce (Paul R. Amato and Alan Booth, A Generation at Risk, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997). All marriages have their good times and their bad times. But love conquers all in most cases. Recent research with a large national sample found that 86% of people who were unhappily married in the late 1980s, and stayed with the marriage,

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