Heart & Mind:  Children & Divorce

QUICK TAKES: Q & A

By Richard A. Shulman, Ph.D.

Question:
I've been considering divorce for a long time. What kind of effect will it have on my children?

Answer:
Divorce is a very serious decision that will have lasting effects on your children. 

The data from studies show that divorce can lead to depression, anxiety, behavioral problems at school, and relationship problems in the future. In addition, children of divorce are twice as likely to grow up and create marriages that end in divorce than children who grow up in intact homes. 

Although the act of divorce is stressful for adults and children, once the initial transition is over a life without a stressful, abusive, or addictive environment can be a major positive. 

In addition, by showing your children love, imposing consequences for misbehavior, promoting respect, and encouraging responsibility you will help increase your child's sense of self-worth and happiness.


This Article was based on Divorce and Children by Richard A. Shulman, Ph.D.