Period3-Demetria Thomas-Divorce has Effects on Children


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Period3-Demetria Thomas-Divorce has Effects on Children

  1. 1. Divorce & it’s Effects on children<br />Presentation By: Demetria Thomas<br />SLC: Health & medical<br />
  2. 2. DIVORCE HURTS<br /><ul><li>Children start to feel alone.
  3. 3. Feel uncertain about things.
  4. 4. Loose trust in others or themselves</li></li></ul><li>BEHAVIOR CHANGES<br />Children start to act carelessly.<br />Children stop trying in school causing grades and test scores to drop.<br />Stop attending school or cut classes.<br />Boys become aggressive and get into fights.<br />Girls mostly experience depression and sadness leading to early sexual behavior.<br />
  5. 5. WHO’S TO BLAME<br /><ul><li>SOME CHILDREN FEEL THAT THEY ARE THE BLAME FOR THEIR PARENTS DIVORCE, when they are not.</li></li></ul><li>Who Do I Choose??<br />Children feel pressured as to choosing which parent they want to live with after the divorce. <br />They want to make sure their decision will not hurt either one of their parents.<br />
  6. 6. Neglected Child<br />After divorce, the relationship between the child and the parent who left will change.<br />The child feels abandoned/ neglected by that one parent.<br />The child will turn their anger towards the missing parent and think they are the blame for the divorce.<br />
  7. 7. Divorce Effects All Ages<br />Parents think that if their child is older, they will not be as effected by the divorce than if they were younger.<br />Kids at younger ages find the divorce hard to believe and fantasies about their parents reuniting. <br />Teens experience loneliness,depression,guilt and stress.<br />
  8. 8. What Children Need During Divorce Vs. What They Receive<br />Children need both parents to discuss/explain the divorce.<br />They need to know about the upcoming changes.<br />To have both parents in their life after separation.<br />Some parents have a more direct/aggressive way of telling kids about the divorce.<br />Children are not given the chance to express their feelings.<br />Some parents do not answer the children's questions truthfully; leaving the kids in the dark <br />
  9. 9. Facing The Changes<br />Teens are forced into adulthood; taken on responsibilities/chores of the missing parent.<br />Children will have to move to a new neighborhood; leaving behind school, activities, friends and loved ones.<br />Kids have to get used to not having both parents in the same household.<br />Also some parents will bring a new mate into their children’s lives.<br />
  10. 10. Helping Child Cope With Divorce<br />Parents should let their children know that what is happening is between mom and dad, not them.<br />Reassurance that everything is going to turn out ok and not to worry.<br />Let them know that you understand and care about their feelings.<br />
  11. 11. Sources<br />"How does divorce affect children?." Stop Divorce Source (2007): n. pag. Web. 13 Feb 2011.<br />Patten, Peggy. (1999). Divorce and Children Part I: An Interviewwith Robert Hughes, Jr., PhD. ParentNews [Online], 5(5). <br />Eleoff, Sara. "Divorce Effects on Children." Child Advocate (2003): n. pag. Web. 13 Feb 2011. <>. <br />
  12. 12. Sources Cont’d<br />"Maintaining a Healthy Relationship for Your Children." Divorce and its Effect on Children (2005): 1-2. Web. 13 Feb 2011. <>.<br />Block, Jocelyn , and Gina Kemp. "Helping your kids cope with the effects of separation and divorce ." Children and Divorce (2001): n. pag. Web. 13 Feb 2011. <>. <br />