What are the Impacts of Divorce on a Child?

Divorce leaves scars and emotional problems to a child. Studies say the children who have separated parents are much more different from those kids whose family is complete. Learn more about the effects if divorce on every child.

The age of the children plays a role in how they react to the divorce. Effects of divorce on children under 9 years – the so called pre-schoolers – are that they tend to blame themselves for the divorce. They also dream about their parents getting back together again some day. That’s wishful thinking. For pre-schoolers, the family and especially their parents, is the center of their universe. They need a lot of attention, care, love and confirmation from them. As a result of the divorce, they might become even more dependent of their parents.

Children who have divorced parents tend to have difficulty moving to a different home, and adjusting to the environment of a new school. It would also be hard for them accepting the fact that they won’t see both of their mom and dad together anymore.

See below how divorce can affect the life, behavior, and performance of the child.

  • Children from divorced homes suffer academically. They experience high levels of behavioral problems. Their grades suffer, and they are less likely to graduate from high school.

  • Kids whose parents divorce are substantially more likely to be incarcerated for committing a crime as a juvenile.

  • Teens from divorced homes are much more likely to engage in drug and alcohol use, as well as sexual intercourse than are those from intact families.

Watch the video below to learn more about the impact of divorce on your children.