If you are a parent who is considering a divorce, you are probably concerned about how the divorce will affect your children. Children have many different responses to their parents splitting up, and it can be difficult to know for sure how yours will react. Some children are vocal about their feelings and fears while others keep their emotions inside. Some will ask many questions and some will refuse to talk at all about the separation. Fortunately, studies show that children are more resilient than many parents realize and with the right guidance, they can lead happy, healthy lives after their parents’ divorce.
Psychologist E. Mavis Hetherington of the University of Virginia conducted a study that showed that many children experience negative effects of divorce in the short term but are adjusted to their new life by the second year. Research also suggests that children of divorce do not show significant differences in behavior, academic achievement, or self-esteem than children whose parents did not divorce.
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