Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Effects of Divorce on Children – Part 1

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By Dr James Dobson

Divorce carries lifelong negative implications for children. Anything that interferes with the vital relationship with either parent can have lasting consequences for the child.

For example, one landmark study revealed that 90 per cent of children from divorced homes suffered from an acute sense of shock when the separation occurred, including profound grieving and irrational fears.

Some 50 per cent reported feeling rejected and abandoned, and half of the fathers never came to see their children three years after the divorce.

One-third feared abandonment by the remaining parent, and 66 per cent experienced yearning for the absent parent, with an intensity that researchers described as overwhelming.

Most significantly, 37 per cent of the children were even more unhappy and dissatisfied five years after the divorce than they had been after 18 months.

It is certainly what I think about with righteous indignation when I see infidelity and marital deceit portrayed on television as a kind of exciting game for two.

From TODAY, Voices – Monday, 12-Oct-2009


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