- Released On:February 22, 2023
- Choosing Therapy
Divorce may have many effects on children, including social withdrawal, attachment issues, and behavioral problems. Children of divorce are also at increased risk of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and unwanted health outcomes in adulthood. However, there are several ways parents can better respond to help mediate the impact of divorce, and support their children throughout the process.
Children need the opportunity to express themselves and naturally will differ in how they do that. Children prone to moodiness may withdraw or become very sad or angry at times. Other kids who are more active and impulsive may become easily upset or act out behaviorally. It can be difficult for parents who are dealing with their own sadness or anger to provide their child the support they need. Being there for them as best you can–and allowing other adults to be there too–is the best way to minimize the chance of this [divorce] becoming traumatic. Dr. Marc S. Atkins
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