Divorce Effects on Adolescents
by scase3 on April 14, 2014 - 10:52pm
Many western countries are facing the problem of an increasing divorce rate. This is unfortunate but it brings about other problems as well. One of these problems is the effect of joint custody on children. This means that children are being raised by both parents separately in short periods of time throughout their adolescent years. A study was done to measure the psychological wellbeing of adolescents through the Leuvens Adolescents and Families Project (LAGO) where 1800 children under joint custody were interviewed each year. There were many results to this depending on how the custody of a child was split and gender of the child. The results of this study show that children in joint custody with an average relationship with both parents are at a lessened value of wellbeing than children who haven’t experienced a divorce. Also a child’s ell being is even lower when they are in full custody of a single parent and don’t develop a strong relationship with the other.
The main purpose of this study was to show how divorce in a family can affect the mental wellbeing of a child in their adolescent stage. For this to be a legitimate study, the authors had to make multiple assumptions. One assumption made was that the children being interviewed were being completely honest about their relationships with parents and also about how they feel about themselves and their own wellbeing. Another assumption is that when interviewed, there was a steady relationship between the children and both parents. A child might speak out about a parent if they get into a fight before the interview which could affect the results of the study. The last assumption that might need to be made is the status of the parent’s divorced relationship. If the parents are constantly fighting, then the child have probably be less well off than if the parents have a stable causal relationship. This could affect the experiment by lowering the average wellbeing of children. Hopefully people will take this line of reasoning seriously so that parents can make a change in their children’s lives. This will result in an better individual futures as well as a better life for future generations.
Vanassche, S., Sodermans A., Matthijs, K., Swicegood, G. (2013). Commuting between two parental households: The association between joint physical custody and adolescent wellbeing following divorce. Journal of Family Studies, 19(2), 139-158