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737 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 15 years ago by Effigy

Does the divorce of one’s parents during childhood give the child substantial emotional problems throughout life?


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15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 12:38:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes it does..sooner later
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 12:42:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think so. My parents got divorced when I was 18, and eventually it changed the way I thought about marriage.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 1:47:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most theories point to yes, but I'm sure with so many marriages ending in divorces in this era that we'll find out when what children those marriages produce grow up to have marriages of their own. The cycle will be interesting.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 1:55:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe in some cases, but not all.

I actually got really pissed off during a unit we recently completed in our psychology class that had to do with divorce and it's effects on children. The textbook, articles, and movie we watched about it all essentially stated that ALL children whose parents get divorced WILL emotionally suffer from it.

From my own experience, I know that is not the case. A friend of mine who is in the class and also has divorced parents agrees with me. I haven't suffered from my parents divorce. It was something that needed to happen, and I accepted it.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 6:37:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
ya, from my own experiance
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:08:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
You're right to be annoyed at the assumption of "every" child of divorce being affected in similar ways, chiko, but I also think it's too son to say whether you have been or will be affected by your parents' divorce. Even much further down the road, you may never be the most objective judge of that.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:10:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Too general a question. It depends on the child and the circumstances.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:23:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ I agree, sometimes it can be worst on a child if the parents stay together.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:31:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/28/2006 8:23:56 PM Res wrote:
^^ I agree, sometimes it can be worst on a child if the parents stay together.

Exactly.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:41:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/28/2006 8:23:56 PM Res wrote:
^^ I agree, sometimes it can be worst on a child if the parents stay together.

It certainly would have been worse if my parents had stayed together - the fighting, the unhappiness...

They did a very good job of being divorced parents. Dad always paid the child support on time. Mom always let us visit whenever he asked, and we saw him regularly. Neither one ever said anything bad about the other. They did an exceptionally good job.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 11/28/06 - 8:45:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
'They did a very good job of being divorced parents. Dad always paid the child support on time. Mom always let us visit whenever he asked, and we saw him regularly. Neither one ever said anything bad about the other. They did an exceptionally good job.'

My parents were good at it too, they still talk to each other from time to time. For a while my dad even lived 7 houses away so we could go see him whenever we wanted. My mom would even bring us to see my grandfather which was my dad's dad.

15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 12/10/06 - 1:58:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I think it catches up to them.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 12/10/06 - 2:03:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I think I would have been better off if my parents had divorced when I was 3 instead of waiting until I was 30. I wouldn't have grown up in an angry, bitter environment.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/11/06 - 6:13:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Somewhat
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/11/06 - 6:25:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Some children, but not all. I also think that the child might have it worse off if their parents stayed together. I often think my parents should have gotten divorced long ago, but they chose to stay together...
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 1/5/07 - 5:00:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Usually.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 1/23/07 - 9:30:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
2007 4 years later...im still angry at the draters
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/26/07 - 6:20:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know but my parents got divorced when I was 6 and I had problems until i was 12
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 2/24/07 - 5:58:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. My dad's parents divorced when he was young and he has no emotional problems to speak of, though some people are more resilient than others.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 8:52:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it can. I've learned through my parents that I don't want to have a relationship like theirs. There was abuse involved. I don't want that. If it ever happened to me I would get up and leave without looking back so in a way I have been taught or I have learned what I want and don't want in a relationship with someone.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 10:26:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Somehow I think I would have been emotionally better off if my parents divorced when I was little--better than them getting married five months after and for the sole reason that I was conceived, fighting all through my preschool, elementary school, high school, and college years, and my mom asking for a divorce one month after I enlisted, which was four months after I received my degree.
15 yrs ago - Saturday 7/14/07 - 4:45:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
My parents split up, and while it hurt, I'm glad that they did rather than stay together and keep fighting. They're really good friends now, and although it would be nice if they got together, I'm glad they're apart.

That being said, I suppose it could hurt them a lot, but it really depends on the situation.

15 yrs ago - Sunday 7/15/07 - 12:44:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's possible. I still haven't figured out how to have a normal relationship.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 9/24/07 - 12:39:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
My parents divorce may have had some sort of influence on your life! Its hard to tell right now, but further down the road you may realize this.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 12/22/07 - 6:24:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm fine.



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