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1 Composition 102 Word Count: 1313 For Better or Worse Divorces can affect a family in more than one way. Most couples who go through a divorce have children, typically younger, so that plays a huge role in their lives as well. I have not personally gone through it myself with my parents, thank goodness, but I have watched my cousin go through it with hers, and it had an extremely negative effect on her. I feel the younger the children are, the less likely they are to understand what is going on and why it is happening. Everything they’ve ever known is getting ready to change drastically and it’s very devastating to them. Their world is turning upside down, literally. This can cause an extreme amount of stress on the child. That’s the last thing a child wants to see, is their parents separate. It can cause their minds to wander, which can lead to problems in school with them not being able to focus. My cousin’s grades started to plummet and it actually started to cause her to go into depression. When children start losing concentration with their studies that can be a major concern, because that does in fact reflect on their future. Speaking of which, depending on who they end up living with, it could result in them attending a new school with a whole new environment, and that’s nerve-wracking on its own. The more often children in single parent families moved the more likely they were to drop out of school or become pregnant during their teen years (Hughes). In general, the more stressful experiences that children encounter during divorce the more difficulty they will have (Hughes). I’m sure the smaller the child is, the sooner they would bounce back and adjust fairly, and could make new friends easier, because at that age they aren’t grouped or “classified” like they would be in high school. That’s obviously not the case for everyone, because each child is different and it could affect them in different ways. As for older children, it
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