12.5E: Children of Divorce and Impact of Divorce
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- Compare and contrast the effects of divorce on infants and adolescents
Infants and Pre-School Children
School-Aged Children and Adolescents
Divorced and Unmarried Elderly
- Although infants may not understand the exact conflict, they do react to the difference in their parents’ mood and energy change.
- Pre-school aged children often mistake the divorce as their own fault.
- School-aged children have more of a difficult time adjusting to the parental divorce than younger or older children.
- Teens experience some of the same feelings as school-aged children. They feel anger, fear, depression, loneliness, and guilt.
- Sociologists believe that the rise in the number of older Americans who are not married is a result of factors such as longevity and economics.
- Elder women are becoming more and more financially independent which allows them to feel more secure with being alone.
- longevity: The quality of being long-lasting, especially of life.