Divorce represents one of the most stressful life events for both children and their parents. Major stressors and risk factors include the initial period after separation, parental conflict, the loss of vital relationships, financial problems, and repartnering or remarriage. Many educators, politicians, mental health workers, family theorists, and the media portray divorced families as unfit for the successful upbringing of children "Divorce and Children".
"Kids face many challenges when their parents divorce, and their struggles often include excessive weight gain, new research suggests. Boys are especially prone to excess weight in the wake of divorce, according to the study of 3,000 third-graders in Norway. These boys were 63 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than boys whose parents stayed married, the researchers found. They were also 104 percent more likely to be abdominally obese."( Children Whose Parents Divorce Are More Likely to Be Obese." )
Today over 45 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce ("You, your kids, your ex, his lover: for acrimoniously divorced parents, visitors' day at camp can be a nightmare). leaving the ex-spouses children destroyed mental, emotionally, and often their physical health is jeopardized along with their education.
In the novel (The Field Guide To The North American Teenager) the main character Norris has this over whelmng resentmant towards his father as a concequence of the divorce his dad put him and his mother through. This divorced caused depression and greatly effected norris's behavioral and social skills.
" And see? That right there; What kind of shit dad gets a call from their only child in a different country, sauce out of his mind, and finds that 'musing'? " ( The Field Guide to the North American Teenager.)
When children are forced to deal with the burden of their parents' divorce it has many negative outcomes.
According to news reporting originating from Bangalore, India, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Children of alcoholics (COAs) face risks of behavioral problems during childhood and mental health problems in adult life. Identifying these problems at the earliest can significantly reduce the problems in the future." (New Findings from Department of Psychiatric Nursing Describe Advances in Anxiety Disorders (Anxiety, depression, self-esteem among children of alcoholic and nonalcoholic parents). If children who experience all the mental disorders listed above is a consequence of having alcoholic parents How come it is so hard to grasp by society that parental divorce can have the exact same effects.
Countless stress-related physical mental and social health problems such as depression, anxiety, poor social skills and relationship issues are all consequences a child may face when their parent's divorce.
A 2002 study by sociologist Yongmin Sun published in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, found evidence that problems experienced by children of divorce may not be caused by the divorce itself " Is Divorce a Serious Problem?". Many statistics exhibit that teenagers Who have experienced divorce are just as likely to have behavior and mental issues as a teenager who has not experienced divorce.
In the book, The Field Guide to The North American Teenager Norris has several deep-rooted negative personality traits that are less than helpful. He is often quick to judge people and label them I feel this trait is acquired from his father because Norris was hurt and he put up a permanent shield to prevent further torment.
Simply put, whether or not a child's parents are married and stay married has a massive effect on his or her future prosperity and that of the next generation. Unfortunately, the growth in the number of children born into broken families in America—from 12 for every 100 born in 1950 to 58 for every 100 born in 1992—has become a seemingly unbreakable cycle that the federal government not only continues to ignore, but even promotes through some of its policies. ( Single-Parent Families Are More Likely to Be Poor.).
"children who grow up in an intact, two-parent family with both biological parents present do better on a wide range of outcomes than children who grow up in a single-parent family." In addition to difficulties children of divorced parents have growing up, studies show that children of divorced parents are twice as likely to become divorced when they grow up and marry
Thus Saying that divorce is inevitable and equally awful as anything else I feel as though it should be prevented; by allowing marriage and family counseling to be less sparse. As a commnity we should work to together to better the world for todays youth and their futures.