To begin with divorce is stressful to children in

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mentioned and discussed in this section. To begin with, divorce is stressful to children. In most cases children want their parents to be together always in the families unless the marriage is full of conflicts and fights that children are uncomfortable with. Divorce is stressful to children in that it strains the relationship between parents and children. This is because it leads to loss of contact between parents and children. This loss of contact often creates economic hardships to children since parents are the sole providers for their children. For all these reasons, most children have a hard time during the divorce transition. How long the transition lasts depends upon on how calm or how chaotic you and your ex make it. Parents who do a good job managing the stresses of divorce for children often are surprised by how quickly their kids make the adjustment. Second, divorce clearly increases the risk that children will suffer from psychological and behavioral problems. Troubled children are particularly likely to develop problems with anger, disobedience, and rule violations. School achievement also can suffer. Other children become sad for prolonged periods of time. They may become depressed, anxious, or become perhaps overly responsible kids who end up caring for their parents instead of getting cared for by them.
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  • Fall '09
  • John Bowlby

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