From the past few decades, divorce has been increasing at a rapid rate in developed countries. It has become a matter of national concern. It has not only affected the couple but also have detrimental effects on their children.
Parents’ divorce and marital conflicts may create severe instability in the family and uncertainty in a child. The most possible consequences of divorce are poorer parent-child relationships, split families, and economic deprivation.
The enormous conflicts in the home life can create a circumstance where children experience learning disability and especially around interpersonal functioning. Let’s discuss here some short term as well as long term impacts of divorce on the children.
Short-Term Effects of Divorce on Children
A secure marriage give children a sense of security as well. Kids who observe a divorce might be disturbed by the thought of not seeing their parents together again. There are some of the following short-term impacts of divorce on children:
Anxiety: The consequence of parents’ separation causes the child to become nervous, tense, and anxious. Little children are more prone to it than the adult ones because they are completely dependent on their parents. Beside it, an anxious child finds complication while concentrating on his studies and can lose interest in co-curricular activities.
Continuous Stress: The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has revealed that many children mistakenly consider themselves the reason behind their parents’ separation. This may lead to massive tension and pressure on their immature mind, which can have numerous aftermaths. They may become pessimistic and even have nightmares.
Mood Swings and Bad Temper: The young person may suffer from mood swings and become short tempered even while conversing with familiar people. Some kids go into a withdrawal mode, where they stop conversing to anybody and shut themselves in a room.
Extreme Sadness: Severe sadness rush throughout the heart and mind of the adolescents. They feel nothing good in their life, and they may eventually sink into depression, which is a long-term sign of the sadness.
Disillusion and Sorrow: Kids of divorced couple may feel hopeless and disappointed because they do not have enough emotional support from their parents. The situation becomes worse when children are taken care of by just a single parent with no way of conversing with the other parent
Long-Term Effects of Divorce on Children
Short-term impacts of divorce can hinder a child’s psychological and emotional growth. But these can also have long-term effects, as outlined below.
Behavioral and Social Troubles: All youngsters are at a superior risk of developing antisocial and violent behavior when their parents get divorced. He or she may lose temper at small things and does not hesitate in assaulting someone. In the long run, it may pose to the growth of a criminal mindset, especially in the teenage years.
Trouble with Relationships: When kids grow seeing their parents’ marriage be unsuccessful, they develop doubts about harmony and love in any relationship. They may have trust issues and find difficulties in resolving clashes in their relationship. Such children when grow start any relationship with a pessimistic mindset.
Prone to Drug Abuse: Adults are more likely to use drugs and alcohol to vent out their frustration and anxiety when their parents get divorced. . Long-term substance abuse has detrimental impacts on the well-being of the child.
Depression: The feeling of agony and heartbreak posed by parents’ divorce can make a kid slip into depression. Depression is a mental illness, and kids who face their parents’ divorce have higher chances of getting depressed and social removal. Recent researchers show that divorce can be a causal factor in cases of bipolar disorder in young children.
Poor Education and Socio-economic Situation:The unpleasant psychological effects of divorce reduce a child’s interest in education. They show a radical drop in their school grades, which further hampers their career prospects and make it hard to have a decent socio-economic status.
Divorce has diverse detrimental effects on children’s mental and physical health. However, if you come to think of it, sometimes separated parents are much better than conflicting parents living under the same roof. Don’t be surprised with that. Sometimes, it’s just the way things are.
If you are one of those who are experiencing marital conflicts and wants the best guidance about what to do, contact Petroske Law as soon as possible. It is best for all involved to resolve your conflicts early on.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: