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It seems that more and more marriages are falling apart everyday Divorce rates seen to be climbing astronomically In so many of these divorces there are children to be considered What is best for the child Who will get custody Will the child be scarred for life Its really hard to say The overall effects on our children vary according to the factors involved I am going to attempt to discuss a few of the problems that can occur with children of divorced families and what parents can do to ease the transition I will limit this discussion to infantile age thru early elementary aged children Lets start with understanding the parents role concerning being together or being apart Obviously two parents can provide children with far more guidance sustenance and protection than one and are more likely to prevent the kinds of psychological disturbance that may result from deprivations of these necessities When one parent is temporarily absent from the intact home it is likely that the other will be available to ratify the childs needs in a loving way This is not so readily the situation in the divorced home Gardner 1977 In this statement he illustrates the importance of having both parents together This can be emphasized further with a statement from Buchanan Maccoby and Dornbusch 1996 Childrens parents are their anchors Parents provide the structure for childrens daily lives and even when parents are not functioning very well children depend on them for a sense of security that enables them to cope with their developmental tasks When one parent leaves the home the child realizes a shattering possibility parents are not always there It is not hard to realize that divorce can have a devastating effect on children Lets brake it down by age groups infants toddlers and so on DeBorg 1997 states that infants do not understand conflict but may react to changes in parents energy level and mood
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