The Effects Of Divorce On Children And Children

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The Effects of Divorce on Children
Mikele J. King
Medaille College

Abstract The current divorce rate suggests that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. This paper is a critical literature review that explores the hypothesis that divorce has detrimental effects on children. Six different risks have been suggested to cause the differences in an increased need for help between divorced family children and two-parent family children: parental loss, economic loss, more life stress, poor parental adjustment, lack of parental competence, and exposure to conflict between parents. This paper examines the research on how divorce negatively effects children, and explores the unanswered question of how it effects them through young adulthood.

Introduction
Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage between two people. The current divorce rate is 50%, meaning one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. The objective of this paper is to conduct a critical literature review by examining various studies and meta-analyses of children who experienced the divorce of their parents. The goal of this review is to support the idea that divorce has detrimental effects on children, as well as examine how it effects them through young adulthood.
In 1991, Amato and Keith examined whether or not there were differences between children who live in two-parent families versus children who live in divorced families. They reviewed 92 studies involving 13,000…
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