Essay on Effects of Divorce: Larger Than They Seem

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Effects of Divorce: Larger Than They Seem
Introduction
Imagine a teenage boy, completely happy with a good life and a family that he is close to. He has his own place in the family and a set daily routine that has been in place for over a decade. Now imagine something ripping that family apart. His daily life became anything but routine. Everything changed: his living arrangements, his family’s financial situation, and his security. In America, we call that divorce. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, “One out of every two marriages today ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children.” “Only 42 percent of children aged 14 to 18 live in a “first marriage” family and intact two-parent married
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The only real physical effects that an infant may show are loss of appetite or an upset stomach, which could include spitting up. Toddlers to the age of three may react with temper-tantrums if they feel any kind of change in their childcare arrangements or their visitation time is conflicted by the other spouse. Preschool children between the ages of three and five are affected more than most people would think. They sometimes feel they are to blame. For instance, they may think, “If I would have listened to Mommy when she told me to pick up my toys, Daddy wouldn’t have moved out.” Often times children in this age group may seem to “back-slide” or show baby-like behavior such as wanting old toys, a bottle, or returning to bed-wetting. Children at this age have the ability to become combative or angry. They can also show signs of depression despite their young age. Elementary school age children are old enough to feel the pain of divorce; however, they may be too young to be able to control their negative feelings or reactions to the pain that they are experiencing. These children may also experience other feelings such as embarrassment, grief, or have trouble with feelings of loyalty and intense anger. School age children often feel rejected by the parent who left. They frequently have wishes of their parents reuniting. At
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