Impact of Divorce on Teenagers

Divorce is a frequent occurrence in today’s society and merits unbiased research. Even if it may have positive aspects, divorce is stressful for kids because of the disturbance to the family and the associated financial, emotional, and social consequences (Lund, 2021). 

But, by paying cautious and realistic attention to its impacts on children, the negative influence can be reduced. Although divorce changes the living arrangements for the families involved, familial ties are not broken. Hence, marital and divorce counseling should include both adult and child views.

Teenage Reaction to Divorce

Statistics show that one-third of teenagers and their parents accept divorce and later view it as a positive deed, although the majority do. In those situations, the instability of the post-divorce phase significantly affects the pathological reactions of the afflicted young people. The doctor is uniquely positioned to serve as a diagnostician, value-clarifier, family life, divorce education, a counselor working through feelings and attitudes regarding divorce, and support for teenagers. Most teenagers find divorce to be quite painful (Lund, 2021). The typical emotional reactional hierarchy is grief, followed by guilt, followed subsequently by humiliation and resentment. 

Nonetheless, most people can successfully resume their agendas after a year of separation. Those who can retain some distance from the family issue and still have empathy for at least one parent are the ones that adapt the fastest. Divorce can be a sensible, problem-solving process that helps adults and kids. Teenagers may feel relieved when they can comprehend the reasons behind the divorce and observe how one or both parents have improved. Teenagers can move forward with personal development when irrationality and conflict are removed (Batubara et al., 2022). Some teenagers’ access to two different parental lifestyles following a divorce can extend their social experience.

Impact of Remarrying after Divorce on Teenagers

Remarriage results in the formation of new family units, increasing opportunities to interact with mixed families. Siblings and stepparents can provide additional issues but also present chances for personal development. Children, especially those approaching adolescence, are affected by divorce and its effects on the husband and wife. Because divorce is a burden for the child, it has a negative psychological effect. For example, he may experience feelings of inferiority, shame, loneliness, sadness, anger, sensitivity, and anger until these emotions cause him to lose confidence and withdraw from his environment (Lund, 2021).

The psychological effect of Divorce on Teenagers

Since the home environment affects adolescent development, discussing the effects of parental divorce on teenagers who still need their parents’ and families’ protection is a significant issue for those kids. The psychological effects of divorce on children can range from feelings of inferiority, shame, and sensitivity to withdrawing from or closing off from their surroundings. Batubara et al., (2022) assert that since a child’s personality is typically shaped by the experiences they have in their family, a chaotic family environment (such as a divorce) can have a detrimental effect on the child’s mental development. This is because most people will view a chaotic family dynamic (such as a divorce) from only one perspective.

The teenager feels inferior and withdraws from his environment because of this social perspective, which makes him feel insecure about how he appears in his environment. Individual self-confidence, one of the personality traits, is said to be established through interactions with one’s environment, particularly with their social environment and any associated familial environment (Batubara et al., 2022). The child’s relationship with their parents plays a significant influence in this.

Impact of Divorce on a Teenager’s Self-confidence

Self-confidence is a mental or psychological state in which a person can assess their overall capabilities and express strong confidence in that capacity to carry out actions in support of various life goals. As previously mentioned, parental divorce impacts adolescents’ self-confidence, particularly regarding social interactions. A person may grow close and experience a sense of community through social interaction; conversely, they may grow apart and feel excluded from a group of people (Batubara et al., 2022).

Self-confidence is one factor that determines a person’s success in interacting with their social environment. Teenagers who dropped out of school due to their parent’s divorce and the lack of school funding demonstrate the detrimental effects of this parental divorce. Additionally, the child’s independence has been negatively impacted by parental divorce because they are used to working independently of their parents. Teenagers sometimes experience behavioral changes, such as acting out, rebelling, or isolating themselves from friends and family (Batubara et al., 2022). They might also have trouble in school because their grades could decline. Teenagers’ perceptions about future relationships may be impacted by divorce. They could find it more challenging to build strong relationships with people and trust them.

Impact of Divorce on a Teenager’s Healt

Also, the divorce’s stress and anxiety may cause teenagers to have physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, or insomnia. The financial ramifications of divorce may impact teenagers. For instance, kids could have to relocate, adapt to a new way of life, or deal with the financial burden of having parents who can no longer financially support them (Meena, 2019). Adolescents who have gone through a divorce are more susceptible to illnesses resulting from various circumstances, such as difficulty falling asleep. Moreover, depressive symptoms may manifest, aggravating these feelings of loss of well-being and deteriorating physical symptoms. According to Meena (2019), kids from divorced households may have a two- to three-times higher tendency for divorce than teenagers from non-divorcee families (Meena, 2019). However, even if there are some potential consequences of divorce for teenagers, they are not infallible. Families are becoming increasingly aware of how difficult divorce is for themselves and their adolescents.

How to help a Teenager from  a Divorced Family


Adolescents from divorced families require assistance to help them deal with their challenging circumstances. By confirming their emotions, you can assist them in several ways. Reassuring children that it is acceptable to feel sad, enraged, perplexed, or afraid in the wake of their parent’s divorce. They should be encouraged to communicate their emotions and be given an unbiased ear. Second, someone may help by creating a secure and encouraging environment. Providing a safe and supportive environment where they feel comfortable discussing their thoughts and feelings will assist the teenagers in coping. One can give them a sympathetic ear or consider enrolling them in therapy to chat with a counselor. Thirdly, someone may help these kids by keeping them updated on any changes that might impact their daily lives, like adjustments to their living situation or timetables. Fourthly, unfettered communication can be promoted with them. Teenagers can open up about their concerns by being encouraged to have open contact with their parents or other family members going through a divorce. Last but not least, a person can give them access to tools like support groups, counseling, and other neighborhood initiatives to help them deal with the difficulties of their parent’s divorce.

References

Batubara, U. K., Jasman, J., Murisal, M., & Dewita, E. (2022). Analysis of the Impact of Parental Divorce on Adolescent Confidence. Darussalam: Journal of Psychology and Educational1(1), 16-22.

Lund, N. (2021). Impact of divorce on a child in the classroom. International Journal of Education, Technology and Science1(3), 30-45.

Meena, M. (2019). The Negative Effects of Divorce On Teenage Children.

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