Negative Consequences of Divorce on Children

Negative Consequences of Divorce on Children

Recently, there has been a dramatic rise in the divorce rates not only in the United States but also in other developed countries. Growing up in a divorce has become the alternative for many children especially in the United States. Many studies have tried to determine the consequences of divorce on children with most of them agreeing that the consequences are negative. The effects of divorce range from behavioral, psychological, financial and problem solving skills. However, not all children experience negative consequences as many of them succeed in life.

In her article, Moorhead is talking about Penelope Leach a British parenting Guru. Leach argues that even babies can be harmed by divorce especially if they are taken away from their primary caregiver and shuttled around (Moorhead par 3). She argues that divorce will always be harmful to children, and there is no way of preventing it. The effects range from sad and disruptive to tragic

Leach has written a book titled” Your Baby and Child.” She devotes the book to the topic that people are failing to manage divorce just like they manage other areas (Moorhead par 2). In simpler terms she argues that people can divorce better. The number of people divorcing is increasing, but the problem is not being handled. Children are victims in marital wars, but they are used as weapons. Statistically, the Office of National Statistics predicts that more than half of the children will be born outside marriage by the year 2016 (Moorhead par 8). She argues that the effects of divorce on children today are hard to quantify since figures only underestimate the problem.

Leach also has a personal experience with divorce. Her parents split up when she was ten years old, and she found it hard for her. She has the view that proper divorcing is mutual parenting. Parents must be ready to engage in mutual parenting even though they no longer love each other since the children need both the parents. The needs of the child must be considered first and not the needs of the parents. She argues that 92 percent of single parent families are women meaning that in most cases, it is the men who disappear yet according to research, men are important in the lives of their children (Moorhead par 19).

Weaver and Thomas conducted a longitudinal study specializing in the behavioral problems experienced by children after divorce.  The research was designed to investigate the externalizing

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