Psychology-EFFECTS OF DIVORCE-1441585

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Running Head: Psychology 1 Psychology: Effects of Divorce on Children Name Institutional Affiliation
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PSYCHOLOGY 2 When parents decide to separate, their children may fail to face the fact that things are never going to be the same, can experience multiple stressors and that the usual family knits had broken can bring adverse effects to the children. Mostly, the children are too young to know or understand the reasons why their parents are separating. Therefore, divorce leaves the children with great tasks of having to learn how to cope up the changes in their family, having to choose which parent to stick to or at times ending up with the side that he or she does not like. According to Jeynes, 2012, kids also have to move out of their homes or even schools if the parent they are going to stay with is moving out from their previous home. The children experience the change in lifestyle and living standards, and mostly they end up having a decreased standard of life, the children may move in with the parent who was not working, and this means that he or she will be forced to bear with the conditions. Sometimes, the courts may fail to decide whom the child is going to stay with, and this will prompt the decision that the child will have two homes; such a decision can affect school activities. The child may also have more responsibilities since the custodial parent may be less available physically or psychologically due to increased demands. Mostly the children focus on the immediate adverse consequences resulting from the separation, and they do not find comfort in knowing that the family will finally do okay after some time. Adjustment to separation can take up to three years or even longer, several children will eventually adjust to their parents’ divorce, however, some will not and they will carry these effects to adulthood. However, the age of the kids plays a significant role in how they are going to react to such situations. The effects of divorce to the preschoolers (children below the age of nine years) are adverse to the extent that they tend to blame themselves for the separation. These kids often develop wishful thoughts and always live with hopes and dreams that their parents
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PSYCHOLOGY 3 will sometime get back together. For these preschoolers, their families and mostly their parents mean a lot to them. These children require a lot of attention, love and care, which they cannot get
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