Parents may also find that their once sociable child has now become quite shy or anxious. They may appear uninterested or even afraid of social situations, such as socializing with friends or attending school meetings.
Having low self-esteem and social isolation can also be associated with the effects of divorce on children. During these times, it is important to increase a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem to help them recover.
Effects of Divorce on Children: Risky Sexual Behavior
The likelihood of engaging in dangerous sexual behavior is another of the effects of divorce on children.
Children of divroce are also likely to engage in alcohol and substance abuse, aggressive behavior, and early onset of sexual activity. A study shows that young teenage girls tend to have sex at an earlier age when they live in a household without the father. This early “sexual debut” can be due to several factors, including a change in perceptions about marriage and thoughts about motherhood.
In addition, 43.2% of children in divorced families were more likely to have exposure to gender-based violence. Studies do not show the same risk to boys.
Studies show that there is a link between divorce/separation and a child’s academic problems. Children of divorce are more likely to have lower grades or drop out from school. They are also likely to show destructive behavior, such as drug use.
Some of these behaviors can occur as early as 6 years of age, but are more noticeable in children aged 13 to 18. There are several possible reasons for this link. It may include the fact that a child can feel abandoned, depressed, or be distracted by the greater conflict between parents. Over time, the diminished interest in their studies at the high school level can lead to less interest in education in general.