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Kristen Mosier PSYC 100 Nikki Sintov 12/6/07 Debate Reaction Assignment Topic: Does the divorce of parents harm their children? The pro group explained many reasons why divorce harms children. One argument they presented was that after divorce children lose all confidence; they suffer mental trauma and often need psychotherapy. Oftentimes, children believe that their parents’ divorce was their fault. Feelings of guilt, shame, and fear of being alone are common among children from divorced parents. Parents are role models to their children, everything they do shapes their child’s personality and that is why it harms children. On the other side, the con group argued that children eventually overcome divorce. They counteract the pro argument, that all confidence is lost, by saying that not all is lost. Another argument they presented was that divorce is ideal for children whose parents don’t get along because after divorce they will grow up in a more harmonious environment without conflict.
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Unformatted text preview: The way that children respond to divorce and the external factors that affect the children after divorce is what harms them, not the actual divorce. From the arguments presented, the pro group had stronger evidence. Children are harmed by divorce and it is apparent by just looking at children whose parents are divorced. The con group had questionable arguments that were not as compelling as the pro group’s. Before this debate even occurred, I was already a strong believer that divorce harms children because people that grown up with who have had parents who divorced displayed odd behavior in class and with friends. The con group’s argument that a child’s reaction to divorce is what harms them, failed to convince me because if there was no divorce in the first place there would be no need for any reaction....
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