Studies concerned with the effects of divorce on children are often inconsistent, conflicting, and confusing. It is simplistic and inaccurate to think of divorce as having uniform consequences for all children. While we may not be able to predict the long term effects of divorce on children, in the short term parents should be prepared for strong reactions. Grief, guilt, sadness, resentment, hostility, self-pity, frustration, confusion, a rejection of reality, and/or a fear of the future are all normal for children in families undergoing divorce. One factor that will determine your child's response to the divorce is his developmental maturity. This article offers some guideline as to what a parent can expect at various life stages and how a parent should respond in order to ease the divorce transition.
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