When a couple with children in the Clinton Township area decides to divorce there are no doubt a lot of factors they have to weigh. The most important of which is typically how will their divorce affect their children? Divorce can affect children at any age, but divorce can be especially difficult for younger children.
In fact, according to an article on MedicalNewsToday.com, divorce has a greater influence on parent-child relationships when it occurs in the first few years of children’s lives than when they are older. The article sites research from a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, which showed that children who go through divorce early on experience a more insecure relationship with their parents when they become adults, compared to those who go through divorce when they are older.
The research showed that kids between the ages of 3 to 5 when their parents divorced had a less secure relationship with their parents as adults compared to those whose parents split up after their childhood was over. These people also reported more anxiety as adults in regards to relationships of a romantic nature.
Meanwhile, according to EmeryDivorce.com, divorce is almost always stressful for children because kids don’t want their parents to split up. Plus, many times, parents end up fighting over the custody of their children. Divorce also increases the risk that children will experience behavioral and psychological problems later in life.
Many adults report that they still have painful and ongoing memories of their parents’ divorce when they were still children. Going through divorce is obviously tough on everyone, but can be especially difficult for children. However, it’s also important to remember that most children of divorce are resilient and that many are able to overcome the negative effects of divorce.