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Age can play a major role when a child is dealing with divorce From the age of two to six children feel a sense of abandonment Richardson and Rosen 2 They often feel that it is their fault for a parent leaving Richardson and Rosen 2 Another thing they found was they often are in denial of a parent leaving or fantasize about the return of a parent Richardson and Rosen 2 In one study on six to eight year olds they found that they suffer severe sadness and a feeling of loss and anger Richardson and Rosen In nine and ten year olds they found their way of coping with divorce was through anger or a sense of rejection and loss Richardson and Rosen 2 A major effect that divorce has on children is their performance in school In a study done by Cleminshaw Perry and Mcloughlin they found that children disrupted the classrooms were absent more had a lower IQ score and were at a higher risk for repeating a grade compared to children who came from intact familiesqtd in Richardson and Rosen 1 Children of divorce have much higher high school drop out rates opposed to children who come from intact families Feulner 1 They also are sixty percent less likely to attend a secondary schooling Feulner 1 When a divorce happens in a family the child is frequently abandoned so the parent is able to cope This leaves the child without any emotional or physical support at a traumatic time This can lead to behavioral problems outside the house and into school where the child feels he can get the attention he is lacking at home However not all communities have positive outreaches for children who are a result of a divorce According to Ball and Newman teachers have more negative expectations for boys then they do girls who come from households of divorce qtd in Richardson and Rosen 1 Here
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