’s free newsletters."data-newsletterpromo-image="https://static.scientificamerican.com/sciam/cache/file/458BF87F-514B-44EE-B87F5D531772CF83_source.png"data-newsletterpromo-button-text="Sign Up"data-newsletterpromo-button-link="https:// origincode=2018_sciam_Article Promo_Newsletter Sign Up"name="article Body" itemprop="article Body"Many of the 1.5 million children in the U. whose parents divorce every year feel as if their worlds are falling apart.Divorcing parents are usually very concerned about the welfare of their children during this troublesome process.Kelly and Emery (2003) report that on A change in finances can become an external stressor for children. With parents being forced to maintain the financial way of living for their children separately, that they once had, the parents are not able to spend necessary time with their children.
Even here the causes of these lingering difficulties remain uncertain.
Some troubles may arise from conflict between Mom and Dad associated with the divorce.
The effects of conflict before the separation, however, may be the reverse in some cases.
In a 1985 study Hetherington and her associates reported that some children who are exposed to high levels of marital discord prior to divorce adjust better than children who experience low levels.
In addition, children from high-discord families may experience the divorce as a welcome relief from their parents' fighting.
Taken together, the findings suggest that only a small percentage of young people experience divorce-related problems.
In a quantitative review of the literature in 2001, sociologist Paul R.
Amato, then at Pennsylvania State University, examined the possible effects on children several years after a divorce.
Furthermore, parents serve as role models, provide emotional, and practical support for their children.
During the divorce process children usually loose contact with the father.