But evidence to the contrary has mounted over the past two decades (Thomas, 1998). Now there is little doubt - based on overwhelming research results - that, on average, children of divorce are worse off than those who grow up in intact families (Thomas, 1998). Children of divorce are more likely to be truant, to do poorly in school and to get in trouble with the law than children who grow up with both parents (Thomas, 1998)." well-known California-based study concluded that more than one third of children from divorce suffer at least one bout of depression even five years after the split (Thomas, 1998).
Studies of children are contradictory, and many have serious methodological limitations. Nevertheless, the majority show that children of divorce are more likely to exhibit psychological, behavioral, social, and academic problems than children raised in continuously intact two-parent families (Amato, 1995)."
This information is significant for several reasons. The millions of children and teens who are in a divorced family will grow up to be adults someday. These adults can either contribute to society or become a negative influence on society. Studies show that children of divorce are more likely to suffer mental and social problems as they become adults therefore it is safe to concludes that children of divorce will have a harder time becoming positive contributors to society than children in tact homes (Amato, 1995).
The divorce rate is climbing and the studies show that the impact on the children involved is negative. This translates to a burdened society when all of these children and teens reach adulthood and continue the cycle set by their parents and now their grandparents. Divorce laws should be more restrictive so that couples cannot divorce without grounds. In addition the waiting time for a divorce to finalize needs to be a minimum of two years following a separation. Society suffers the consequences of divorce; therefore society has an obligation to make it more difficult to cause children to become statistics. Each divorce potentially turns out children who will grow up to suffer from depression and other mental health issues. Society will carry the burden for those adults by way of disability payments, welfare payments when divorces leave single parents holding the bag financially and other aspects of mankind in general. Former first lady Hillary Clinton once reminded Americans that it takes a village to raise a child. According to research a village starts with two parents not one. Sociological aspects of divorce cannot be rejected. The research details the facts, and it is up to society to change the outcome.
Karen Thomas, On the Adolescent Hot Line: The sensitive issues Parents' divorce can compound the tough teen years., USA Today, 10-12-1998, pp 04D.
Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem), Study: Children Affected by Divorce., Israel Faxx, 02-11-1999.
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