A child gets considered an adolescent once they reach age 9- 13 depending on how early or late they reach puberty. Statistics have shown that children below age 9, those between ages 9- 19 and those above age 19 will all be affected differently by divorce. This article will explain how adolescents are affected by the separation of their parents.
According to NCBI, whatever age a child is, the loss of love, breaking of commitments for each other, and subsequent divorce affects them in painful and life-changing ways. A child may move from one parent’s residence to another, often hear one parent talk ill about the other, and even sometimes completely lose touch with one parent.
According to CUNY, divorce tends to shake and disorient the teen’s trust in the parents. This loss of trust is because they usually depend on the parents for love, care, and support. The separation and divorce may shake this relationship making the parents of either being too busy or too far away.
For the adolescent, however, divorce will cause a much more aggressive and rebellious response. The adolescent will start viewing themselves as an adult who can care for themselves, and they will disregard family values because the parents did not hold their vows to each other and their family.
Also, divorce may change the teen’s view of their parents. Since the parents chose to divorce, they may feel that the parents to put their interests first before the family, which is not a good perception. Therefore, the teen may try to put their interest first hence causing more harm.