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Many children are concerned if their parents divorce there will not be enough food or shelter or clothing for them.

Effects of post-divorce relationship on child development.

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Children tend to be egocentric at this age, and will often blame themselves for the divorce.
Overall, the research is fairly consistent in suggesting that reducing conflict between the parents and increasing communication (between parents and with the children) may reduce the negative impacts that divorce has on children. In addition, increasing the self-sufficiency of custodial mothers may aid in making children’s homelife more stable. Research also indicates that access to both parents is important for the well-being of children, but depends on other factors (such as parental conflict). Furthermore, the issue of whether joint or sole custody is best for children has not been resolved, and most likely depends on a number of factors. Alternatives to litigation need to be more fully examined before any decision can be made on their usefulness in children’s adjustment to divorce. Finally, support groups and therapeutic programs appear to be a feasible way to reduce negative effects on children. However, more research is necessary in order to determine which programs are the most effective.

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The older child (ages 9 to 12) is better able to understand their parents' divorce.
Hetherington (1979) suggests that interventions are generally indicated for children following a divorce, since it is expected that they will experience difficulties.

 

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This may cause the custodial parent to be overwhelmed, and unable to meet the needs of the child.


In summary, in thinking about the effects of divorce on children it is important to consider factors that facilitate the child's adjustment or makes them vulnerable to the negative effects of divorce.

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Third — and this is very important, the great majority of children whose parents divorce do not develop these kinds of serious behavioral or emotional problems. Most children from divorced families are resilient, especially when their parents do a reasonably good job managing the stress of divorce. These children — most children from divorced families — feel and function pretty much like kids whose parents are married. They are not "children of divorce." They are what we want all children to be: just kids.


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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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It has been found that while a large proportion of custodial mothers experience a downward financial spiral following divorce, a large proportion of divorced fathers experience an improved financial situation (Arditti, 1992). Furthermore, many single mothers that are awarded support and custody payments do not actually receive these awards. High non-compliance rates contribute to an unstable and insecure financial situation for custodial parents.

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Although research has demonstrated that children’s adjustment does not appear to be solely based on their financial situation, enhancing the self-sufficiency of single mothers would make the custodial home more stable. In addition, a better financial situation may have indirect effects (such as better adjustment of the mother, better living environment, etc.) which has been shown to have an beneficial effects on children’s adjustment to divorce. Improved enforcement of spousal and child support awards would help in this regard.

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It is evident from the research that inter-parental conflict has a major impact on children’s post-divorce adjustment. Therefore, it is critical that parents attempt to reduce conflict among themselves. How to accomplish this, however, may be quite difficult, especially when there are long-standing hostilities. At the very least, as suggested by Hetherington and Camara (1988) and Devine (1996), children should not be directly exposed to the conflict. As well, some of the therapeutic programs discussed below may aid in accomplishing this objective.