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The Effects Of Divorce On Young Children The statistics for divorce in the 1990s suggest that nearly sixty percent of marriages end in divorce Given this startling figure the assumption can be made that many children will experience some effects caused by the life-changing event called divorce What is it exactly about divorce that causes negative consequences for these children In what ways will these children be effected Will these effects show outwardly I will attempt to uncover some of the complexities surrounding these psychological questions in the following text The unsettling fact is young children of divorced parents face great psychological challenges due to the environmental conditions and changes associated with divorce Wolchik and Karoly 45 Parental conflict appears to have a pronounced effect on the coping efforts of children The intense anxiety and anger between some parents in the early stages of divorce is real Often times parents allow their children to get in the middle of fierce verbal confrontation between them Berating the other parent in front of the child is another way of placing the child in an unfair position which in essence is expecting the child to choose between the parents A less tangible example of parental-conflict is the way in which the two opposite genders relate to one another in the presence of children Mothers may treat fathers as if they are less important and undeserving of respect just as the opposite can apply Any form of parental conflict no matter to what degree lends to a difficult adjustment period for children involved Jekielek 1-3 The deterioration in parent-child relationships after divorce is another leading cause in psychological maladjustment for children With a divorce comes a parenting plan of some kind A child may experience shared custody between both parents or custody by one parent with visitation by the other parent Variations of these plans can be included or added at different times in the childs life
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