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IntroductionUpon reflecting on the different stages of the life cycle I found that adolescence was a crucial time in terms of what I endured that made me more resilient today I experienced my parents divorce emerging into a young adult through the process of becoming a bat mitzvah and the death of my grandmother My parents divorce had both positive and negative affects on me I was able to feel less anxiety due to parental conflict yet I retreated to unhealthy relationships to fill the void The process of becoming a bat mitzvah was a proud moment for myself and after a lot of hard work I felt ready to enter the world as a young adult My bat mitzvah was a turning point in my life because I went from feeling embarrassed about my religion to a sense of pride The death of my grandmother was a hardship I had not prepared myself for at such a young age It then introduced me to deviant behaviors in order to grieve without proper guidance As a young adolescent with many life events and little resources I went through phases of acting out behaviors which led me to become more resilient thanks to the influence of family therapy and religion My Parents Divorce The divorce of my parents at age thirteen had a positive and negative impact as it resulted in many changes both physically and emotionally According to Richardson and McCabe research on divorce in the families has an overall detrimental effect on adolescents however investigations show that the impact of divorce is not inevitably negative From a family systems perspective examining the role of parental conflict is particularly important It was reported that individuals from a family with low levels of conflict reported better adjustment than those from high-conflict intact families Richardson and McCabe I found that the divorce itself was healing in many ways the constant fighting between my parents deceased
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