Developmental psychopathology is an integrative and broadly conceptualized approach to understanding both typical and typical human developmental outcomes. Marriage is the foundation of both familial and social structures. It creates a sense of unity, security and belonging to the family member. However, the ease of getting a divorce has increased the rate of family separation. While there are some positive aspects of divorce, the negative impacts outweigh the benefits. While the right to divorce cannot be debated, making it hard to get a divorce may help reverse the trend. Children are in most cases on the receiving end of family breakups. There is the risk that the divorcing couples may be in pursuit of their happiness without putting into account the welfare of the children. Studies point out that family breakups lead to changes in behaviors and academic competency levels. Divorce exposes children to mental conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder thus affecting cognitive growth and development in the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood stages(Block, Block, &Gjerde, 1986). Many cases of disruptive behaviors and poor performances among children are linked to disconnections in family structures. The failure to reverse the trend continues to subject children to a low quality of life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is a condition that affects a person after being exposed to events that are too pressing to the mind. PSTD can affect anyone across the board without considering the age. One of the causes of this disorder is through the death of a person who was close to you. The imagination of how that person was while they were alive leaves pictures in the mind that causes one to suffer emotionally. This worsens to an individual more especially when they got to witness the fateful circumstances that led to the death of that person. Some of the results are that the individuals with that disorder experience traumatizing dreams at night and it is advisable that people should keep such patients closer to them to avoid them harming themselves. Some severe cases have led to complications where the patients have ended up suffering from brain tumors.
In this paper, we will look at the post-traumatic stress disorder that children of different ages get to experience when there is divorce in a depth manner. There are several diagnostic practices that researchers have developed to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The consequences of the disorder can be fatal because the disorder causes some mental torture. One of the consequences where research by (Block, Block, &Gjerde, 1986) proved to be high was that of people committing suicide and taking away they live. In some instances, individuals suffering from this condition results in taking the lives of those who surround them too including children.
DP perspective in examining the specific psychopathology in PSTD
Many health issues are connected to stress. The high cases of post-traumatic stress disorder are attributable to family disruptions and divorce. Being exposed to separation increases the risk of long-term depression and other mental conditions. Other than children, adolescents, and adults are also at an increased risk factor of contracting the health conditions. In societies with high rates of divorce, there has been an equal increase in the number of psychiatric and depression cases. It implies that divorce leads to a low quality of life among the concerned persons. Rather than advocating for divorce, there is the need to create programs that enable couples to better deal with their differences and conflicts. One of the ways is the consideration of a DP perspective preferably over the medical model (or the DSM-V approach). Getting to know and understand a disorder better assists in the formulation of a cure as opposed to gettin
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