Effects of a Non-Traditional Family on Children

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Family helps mold every person into who they eventually will become. The family is a guide for the success of a child's future. The stability of family creates a building block for how the child will progress throughout life. When parents divorce, the children are left with no stability causing them to lose basic concepts of childhood that may carry with them throughout life. Children of divorced parents have less success and happiness creating less productive citizens in our nation. Watching parents take a home from a traditional family lifestyle to a "broken" home by getting a divorce is very devastating to a child's mental well-being. As Judith Seltzer notes, "Recent reviews summarize evidence that children are emotionally distressed…show more content…
Society loses with the increase in depression by having success rates and production rates declining. Depression is not the only factor in a happiness and success, classroom participation of children also influences society and its future. Children of divorce of all ages can see a change in their schoolwork. Most children see a decline in participation and see their grades slipping. Some young girls, however, tend to do more and become the "goody two shoes" of the class to feel a sense of belonging (Lytle 11). Seltzer believes, "Children's school behavior and achievement…suffer, and these disadvantages may have long-term effects, reducing rates of high school graduation and years of schooling completed"(238). She supports her claim with statistics from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth stating, "[a]bout 29% of children from single-parent households drop out, compared to 13% of children from households with both original parents…" (Seltzer 239). Long-term effects are not the only concern of researchers. There are many other factors that may turn into long-term effects but are mainly short-term factors. Anger and anxiety affect children more than most people realize. As Victoria Lytle assesses, "You'll find a rise in aggression on the playground, minor delinquencies, and difficulties in learning among boys [nine or ten years old]" (11). Lytle also addresses problems with attention spans by remarking that "[k]ids of divorce
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