Consequences of Parental Divorce for Child Development

Consequencesof Parental Divorce for Child Development

Divorcerefers to the termination of marriage between two consenting adults,hence, reinstating their single statuses and allowing them to wedother partners. Statistics indicates that 50 percent of all marriagesin the United States end in divorce compared to marriages in the1970s and 80s (Sik 365). Other statistics maintains that the 1970sfeminist movement promoted the rate of divorces as women obtainedreproductive rights and joined the workforce. Despite the cause ofdivorce in the country, parental divorce presents significantdevelopment challenges for the children.

First,divorce stresses the children in most cases as they want theirparents to live together unless the situation incorporates anger orintense disagreements (Ducanto91).The parent-child relationship gets strained following a divorce.Sometimes, children lose contact to one of their parents. Divorcescreate financial hardships and mount disagreements between parents.These reasons make children experience hard times throughout thetransition.

Second,divorce raises the chances of children to experience behavioral andmental problems.Sikmaintains that distressedchildren tend to grow troubles with the violation of rules,disobedience, and anger (367). Others become anxious, miserable, orcaring for one of the parents. Additionally, some children get sadfor protracted periods.

Third,children of divorce may portray resilience, but they still relivepainful memories and constant worries regarding the divorce,relations with parents, and the relationships between their parents(Ducanto86).Nevertheless, the children maintain such resilience when theirparents help them manage the stress acquired after the divorce

Inconclusion, divorce may be inevitable in some situations but parentsshould communicate with their children to avoid negative behavioralchange. Parents should also allow their children to express fears andsentiments in behavior and words. Additionally, parents should avoidarguing in front of their children during the divorce process.


Ducanto.&quotJoseph N.“Divorce and Poverty Are OftenSynonymous.”.&quot&nbspAmericanJournal of Family Law&nbsp24(2010): 87.

Sik,Kim. . AmericanSociological Review,76(2011): 365-487.