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Damage That Has Been Done to Children of Divorce When a marriage is not working there is a breakdown of communication common goals or trust and often this ends in divorce A divorce is a very painful process with detrimental effects on children that are involved Wienstock 5 The general trauma of a divorce and the level of severity it has on a child are mainly due to the childs age when a divorce takes place The psychological effects are normally considered long term and the hardest to deal with for children involved Persons 1 The easiest of all effects of a divorce is a child is behavior outburst normally displaying aggression and a feeling of not caring about anything or anyone anymore The general effects of a divorce can affect everyone involved but often the children will show the stress and emotions of a divorce more openly that an adult would The fear of abandonment and losing one of the parents is devastating on a child Wienstock 3 How a children perceives their homes normally sets the level of damage children are going to have to cope with through out the divorce and thereafter If a child perceives the home as stable they may handle a divorce well but if a child perceives a home as freighting and scary place they may try to avoid dealing with it at all The trauma that a child endures will probably be worse than a child in a stable household environment The most important issue that affects the level of perception and a level of damage is the age of a child when the parents divorce Wienstock 3 Younger children will normally take a divorce of their parents more personally and handle it worse than an older child would The psychological effects are more categorized as long-term effect that leave the children feeling responsible and blaming themselves for the guilt of a divorce everyone going
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