Research Paper How Divorce Affects or Children

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Research Paper: The Impact of Divorce on Children Jimmy Trolinger
Liberty University On-Line

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Jimmy Trolinger, Psychology Student at Liberty University
Prepared for Professor Jennifer Kennedy
Psychology 210 D-12 Liberty University

Divorce causes many problems for children and has many implications. Psychological implications include mental health problems and behavioral problems. Social roles are turned inside out and upside down. Children are often pulled in many directions. In the United States divorce is very common and often leaves children confused and without options. Many turn toward violence, crime, drugs, and isolation. Studies show how adults can reduce the tension for these children. Other
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Because children of divorce are under a lot of stress and tend to worry about a lot of different things, they can and some do develop mental health issues that can stick with them through their entire lifetime. Anxiety is often found in children that are going a divorce. However, child with an anxiety disorder might always think of the negative side of a situation, or may have dreadful experiences even in pleasant circumstances. It is important to know that in all cases of anxiety a child will worry too much about things it is when it becomes a long term problem that it may be a disorder or mental health issue.
Another mental health problem a child can develop is depression. A child with depression may be sad more often than not, feel guilty or helpless, and may lose interest in pleasurable things or things they previously enjoyed. Other mental health issues that may arise from the divorce of the child’s parents are antisocial behavior and hyperactivity (Strohscein, 2012).
Behavioral Effects of Divorce on Children According to Marquart (2006), “after a divorce the job of making sense of the two worlds and the conflicts that arise between them doesn’t go away—it gets handed from the adults to the children(p. 215). When living with one parent a child may develop a sense of confusion when it comes to the family hierarchy because of the loss of one or more of the leader figures in the household (Kumar, 2011). Loss of one of the family incomes and
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