Teenagers and Divorce

Examines the effects and implications of divorce on adolescents.

When an adolescent experiences some sort of disruption of the family structure, due to either divorce or some other means of disorder, a distorted view of the marital structure sometimes arises. This paper examines the effects of broken families on adolescents, examining issues such as the child’s own future relationships, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency.
Consequently, not every adolescent who lives in a dysfunctional home is taking their parents to court to try and milk them for everything they are worth. Yet, even if one looks at the extreme, a minute characteristic can be identified that can applied to many adolescents in that situation. The predominant cry heard is not one for money or power, rather it is merely an internalization of emotion caused by an adolescent feeling he or she is the victim.