The Effects of Divorce on Children

1048 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
But, it is more intricate than just the completion of a relationship. A common belief regarding divorce is that it entirely involves two parents. However, when a marriage ends in divorce, all individuals associated to the relationship, including children, are affected. As the number of divorces each year continues to increase, researchers have become more concerned with the effects divorce has on children. Many changes in the American family life, with the most critical consequences impacting the youth, have began to appear due to the growing divorce rates in the United States over the last twenty years. Presently, in the United States, nearly forty percent of all first marriages end in divorce. In addition, children under the age of eighteen are included in more than half of all divorces (Amato). Because of the growing divorce rates, the number of single-parent families continues to increase. According to The Impact of Divorce on Children, approximately twenty-six percent of all children under the age of eighteen, an estimated seventeen million worldwide, live in a household with a separated parent (Demo and Acock). Studies have shown temporary and long lasting effects mentally, physically and emotionally on children of divorce. As divorce rates continue to heighten, so does the likelihood that a child of divorced parents may have a larger risk of adjusting in the areas of psychological development, behavior,…
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