Behavioral and Influential

45-50% of marriages end in divorce. America has the highest divorce rate.

Data shows that children with divorced parents are more likely to use drugs or consume alcohol. Girls in stepfamilies will exhibit higher levels of externalising behaviour (alcohol consumption and delinquency) than girls in single-parent families, and that boys in single-parent families will exhibit higher levels of externalising behaviour (alcohol consumption and delinquency) than boys in stepfamilies. This lifestyle change is hard for a child because they no longer have the stability and normalcy.


The key point is the age in which a child’s parents get divorced. This could affect the short term and long term outcomes. They found that girls who had experienced parental divorce at the age of 6 to 13 years were less well adapted than the younger or older group. They were also more likely to commit suicide, or be depressed. In this population, both males and females from divorced families showed more signs of psychosomatic symptoms at the age of 16. A child is very influential at the age of 6-13, and it is the absolute worst time for them to go through such a change. Their families being split apart could affect them in a very negative way.

Mental coping process

Children with divorced families have a higher chance of hyperactivity, or ADHD. These changes causes mental stress, making it hard for a child to cope. The children's coping method reflects the parents coping method; therefore, the parent must be able to handle the various reactions of the child and stay positive. If a parent seems overwhelmed and stressed, so will the child. Unfortunately, the parents are also going through a very hard time and put out enormous amounts of stressful and negative behavior. This causes the child to feel the same way.

Long term outcomes

Research shows that children who live in non intact families have lower marriage expectations. It says that they could delay marriage, or the opposite, marry too early. These children might jump into marriage because of early maturation, moving out of their home early, less parental control and supervision, and earlier involvement in relationships. It could cause disrupted relationships with lack of trust, because they have a negative view on relationships.


Opinions are a bit irrelevant for this topic. I don't believe people can be for divorce or against it; both can create a negative environment.