The Impact of Parents’ Separation / Divorce on Children: Three Case Studies
One of the problems a society might face is the increasing number of marital separation and divorce. This causes somewhat disturbing effects for a family. In this research, we would tackle on how a family can contribute to the characteristics of a child. Furthermore, we will be defining what is separation and divorce, its causes, and the influences it brings to a child’s emotional, social, and mental development.
Socialization begins at home. Children learn who they are, what they can and should expect in life, and how to behave toward others in their society. (Popenoe, 1983) The parents are the first people that children will look up to. Their behaviours will be absorbed by their children. This means that the children are the extension of the parents where how a parent acts, what they believe in, and what they say are instilled in every child’s character.
A major function of the family is to provide love and affection to its members. The lack of this love and affection may harm the physical, intellectual, and emotional growth as well as the social development of a child. If affection and companionship are missing, there is often little to hold the family together. (Popenoe, 1983) Through the provision of love and affection of a parent, it helps the children to prepare for their growth. They obtain self-esteem and security in a nurtured environment. It is what contributes to the emotional stability and high intelligence of a child. More so, a child’s perspective of marriage becomes distorted as he observes how the relationship of his parents dissolves.
Separation is where two people, originally living together or have been married, lives in different places. Legal separation is an action taken by one spouse who believes that the marriage has no more hope of working. Sometimes, separation is followed by...