Both the short term and long term effects of divorce on children do depend on the age of the child. Whether it’s the feelings or the behavior the age of the child determines how much the child will be affected. Depending on the age of the children both behavior and the feelings shown by the children will be varied widely.
In addition psychologists have found some of the following physical and emotional responses in children. One of the major effects is lack of sleep. Many children regardless of their age have been seen to lose concentration as well as sleep during the immediate period of divorce and sometimes after. Divorce has also contributed to children abusing drugs. In an effort to forget the trauma many children especially teenagers have resulted into abusing drugs. The most abused drugs include alcohol and tobacco. In addition many teenagers have been observed to turn to sexual promiscuity or sexual violence. This kind of behavior has been seen to hamper the physical and mental health of children. Infliction of self injury or committing suicide has also been found to be an expensive response. Some children have either found self gratification from harming themselves. This has been described by psychologists as a means of self escapism. In trying to forget the problems or circumstances surrounding them, some have gone ahead and attempted or even succeeded in committing suicide.