What is the impact of divorced parents on Human development?

What is the impact of divorced parents on Human development?

Fagan, P., & Churchill, A. (2012).The effects of divorce on children. Marriage and religion research institute, 1-48.

Divorced parents affect human development by causing cyclical brokenness such as weakened parent-child relationships.

Divorced parents experience immediate effects of confusion on their new roles as divorced parents as well as personal intra psychic conflicts. The results immediately affect their children with an approximate of 40 percent divorced parents lowering their support to their children. Children from divorced families get less support emotionally, financially and practically from both parents.

Divorced parents are not present to stimulate the behavior of their children academically, give them pride of having both parents, and stimulate their language and warmth towards their children. The common occurrence in such homes is punishments from the parents who stay with them. Divorced children are affected psychologically since they get stressed, exhausted with duties to perform and are worried of their future. As a result, parents do not exercise full control of their children, thus not caring for their children. They get overprotective during adolescent stages of their children. The children decline their relationship with their children making it more difficult for children to trust their parents.

Weakened mother-child relationships

Children from divorced mothers experience less stimulating environments at home since they decline their trust on their mothers. Such mothers give less emotional support than married mothers do. Divorced mothers are less affectionate and communicative to their children; they discipline them often due to accumulated stress and confusion.

Weakened father child-relationships

Divorce situations affect most fathers since they become nonresidential parents and their visits to their children are less often. As a result, there is reduction in communication between children and their fathers. Approximately 50 percent of such children never see their father regularly. Studies done on divorced families indicate that children living with divorced parents had not seen their father in the previous year while less than half had seen their father few times of the year. A sixth of such children saw their fathers once in a week. Boys from divorced parents saw their parents 20 percent times and daughters saw their parents 38 percent times.

Children’s weakened ability to handle conflict

Children from divorced parents have less ability to manage conflicts, which results from their parent’s inability to handle marital conflicts and get over disagreements. As a result, such children find it hard to stay in stable marriages in life. Children from such families are used to fights from their parents and tend to solve conflicts through fights, as they resemble their parent’s way of solving conflicts. Moreover, children communicate less in times of conflict argue frequently, shout and physically abuse other people or their spouses.

Landucci, N. (2008).the impact of divorce on children: what school counselors need to know. Masters research paper, 1-30.

Landucci (2008) asserts that divorce affects human development since it leads to poor personal adjustment such as self-control, responsibility, aggressiveness, orientation of gender roles, independence, and leadership.

Social skills

Children from divorced families demonstrate poor communication skills in the society due to their inability to interact with others. They get coercive styles of interaction and face rejection from their peers. As a result, they respond towards such fears by withdrawing from their peers. Adolescents from divorced families are poor in their relationships become hostile to other adults, teachers, and parents. They show anxiety and are less attentive in class and other occurrences.

Psychological behaviors

Children from divorced families are negatively affected psychologically. Such children become vulnerable and resilient to others. They embrace antisocial behavior such as anxiety and depression thus causing more harm in the society than intact families.

Behavioral problems

Children from divorced families have problems with their behaviors than ones from stable families. Due to experience of marital conflict from their parents, they are less competitive in the society. They mostly engage in coercive behaviors such as theft and fights, lie about important issues, damage properties from their school, drink alcohol and use illegal substances and hurt people to apposition of looking for a doctor. They never bring their parents to school and often kip school without proper reason and permission from the authority.

Early departure from home

Divorced families have poor environment comfortable for children to stay. There is less cohesion and harmony in such families leading to early marriages of their children, cohabitation, and living on their own. Adolescents run away from their homes and may end up living on the streets and alone. Landucci (2008) argues that 70 percent of children who run away from their homes come from divorced families.

Attitude towards sexuality

Children from divorced families have a negative attitude towards proper sexual behavior such as marriage and child bearing and end up in negative sexual behaviors such as premarital sex, divorce, and cohabitation. They believe that marriage is not important and concentrate on having children of their own, thus most of them have children out of wedlock. The society fills with single parents, which lowers social economic status. Sexual permissiveness increases in divorced children and spreads to affect the behavior of their children.

Children from divorced families engage in premarital sex than ones from intact families. Reports from National longitudinal survey of youth, states that African-American girls have 42 percent lower chances of engaging in sexual intercourse, before eighteen years in presence of their biological parents. Children whose biological fathers are absent involve in sexual intercourse at a rate of 72% before eighteen years. Girls from divorced families become sexually active at a younger age than ones from stable families. They get more sexual partners and teenage pregnancies eight times more than girls do from stable families.




Fagan, P., & Churchill, A. (2012).The effects of divorce on children. Marriage and religion research institute, 1-48.

Landucci, N. (2008).the impact of divorce on children: what school counselors need to know. Masters research paper, 1-30.