The Effect Of Divorce On Children

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become more unmanageable. According to Sirvanli-Ozen, recent studies confirm that the impacts of divorce on children are not restricted to the childhood period but are manifest during adolescence and adulthood as well. Many studies on the subject show that children who have experienced parent divorce have a lower degree of psychological accord and lower socioeconomic status in their adulthood (Amato & Keith, 1991b; Biblarz & Raftrey, 1993; Ross & Mirowsky, 1999; Amato, 1996) and have more problems, conflicts and fluctuations as well as less security in their marriage (Ross & Mirowsky, 1999; Webster, Orbuch, & House, 1995). According to Fagan and Churchill, it is revealed that children of divorced mothers have poorer and less simulating home environments. Furthermore, divorced mothers, despite their best intentions, are less able than married mothers to give emotional support to their children. Divorce also causes a slight decline in children’s trust of their mothers when parental divorce occurs between birth and age four; however, after controlling for the quality of the parent-child relationship, this effect all but disappears. Compared with continuously-married mothers, divorced mothers tend to be less harshly and more inconsistently, especially during the first year following the divorce. Fagan and Churchill goes on to state that divorced mothers have particular problems with their sons, though their relationship will likely improve within two years, even if as
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