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Effects of Divorce for Teens

Divorce can have profound effects on teenagers, impacting them emotionally, socially, and academically. Many teens experience feelings of sadness, anger, and confusion as they navigate the changes in their family dynamic. They may struggle with issues of loyalty, feeling torn between parents or blaming themselves for the divorce. Teens often report feeling isolated from their peers, as they may not feel understood or supported. Academically, divorce can lead to a decline in grades and motivation. It’s crucial for parents and caregivers to provide consistent love, support, and open communication to help teens cope with the challenges of divorce.

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Common Reactions to Divorce in Children

  • Angry and highly critical of their parents’ decision.
  • Depressed or withdrawn from both parents, while seeking stronger peer connections.
  • Feeling rejected by one or both parents.
  • Better behavior hoping that this will save their parents marriage.
  • Involvement in risk-taking activities (truancy, drugs and alcohol, sexual activity, etc.)
  • Withdrawn from one parent as a form of punishment while siding with the other parent.