PSY-222-C01_Divorce_Paper

PSY-222-C01_Divorce_Paper - PSY222C01 SharonK.Whitson...

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PSY-222-C01 Sharon K. Whitson June 27, 2011 Project Research on:  #2 Are children of different age groups affected by their parents’  divorce (for example: would the effects of parental divorce-in relationship to the child’s  age at the time of divorce-be more prevalent for adult children v/s adolescents) This is my introduction for a research paper on the effects of divorce on children v/s  adult children. Children’s reactions to divorce — Ages and stages Children will react to divorce differently at different ages. It is helpful for you as parents to know what thoughts and feelings to expect at different ages. This way you can change your behaviors to help children of different ages to adjust to the divorce. The following sites provide information on how children of different age levels— infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children and above react to parent’s divorce: http://www.divorceinfo.com http://www.hec.ohio-state.edu/famlife/ divorce/effects.htm http://www.nncc.org/Child.Dev/ effectsdivorce.html http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/ Children's Reactions to Divorce -- Ages and Stages Authors: Nithyakala Karuppaswamy with Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE Children react to divorce differently at different ages. It is helpful for you as a childcare provider to know what thoughts and feelings to expect at different ages. This way you can change your behaviors to help children of different ages adjust to the divorce.
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Infants In the first years of life, children’s brains are still developing. Children are learning to trust and form close relationships with people who take care of them. If parents divorce during this time, infants will not understand what is going on. But they may notice changes in parents' energy level and emotions. Older infants will notice that one parent is no longer living in the home. They may cry for that parent. Infants may show their feelings through some changes in their behavior. They may become more irritable or fussy or cry more often. It may be hard for the parents to give the child what she needs because they are too upset. Toddlers
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