It is likely that these children, who are young enough to understand the situation, but not old enough to make sense of it, that are most greatly affected and confused by the divorce. Children aged eight to eleven exhibit the greatest emotional response to the situation, as they understand the situation well enough to respond to it, but are unlikely to understand how to deal with it. They mostly exhibit a feeling of powerlessness and grief, and tend to side with and label one each parent, one negatively, and one positively. They may feel the conflicted feeling of loyalty to each parent and tend to seek answers the questions regarding the reason behind the situation they currently find themselves in. Children aged twelve to eighteen, adolescents, have a greater grip on the reality of the situation and can often make sense of the reasons and causes behind it. While some adolescents tend to go into depressive grief, the most prevalently negative effect is feelings of loneliness and grief, as well as disillusionment or reconsideration of present or future personal relationships. The effects of the divorce, however, last longer than just the initial stages and extend to further than just a child's reaction to the divorce. The Effects of Parental Conflict and Divorce on Childrens Development.
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