Negative Impact of Divorce on Teenagers in District Chiniot, Pakistan

  • Muhammad Shoaib Ali Bajwa University of Veterinary and Animal Science, Lahore
  • Hafiz Abdul Rafah Razzaq University of Central Punjab, Lahore
  • Muhammad Faisal Majeed Leads University, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: Divorce, Teenagers, Negative effect of divorce, Parental Conflict, Societal Support

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Divorce is a significant event that impacts the well-being of children in a negative way, especially that of teenagers. Studies have indicated that teenagers who go through parental divorce are at a higher risk of facing adverse consequences, such as emotional turmoil, academic challenges, behavioral issues, and difficulties in their social interactions. These negative effects may persist into adulthood and can be exacerbated by a variety of factors, such as parental conflicts, changes in family structure, and financial difficulties. Recognizing the harmful impacts of divorce on teenagers is crucial for parents, educators, and policymakers who intend to foster the welfare of families and children by providing appropriate assistance and resources. The current study attempted to examine the adverse impacts of parental divorce on adolescents, with the objective of gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by teenagers during and after the divorce. Moreover, the study also aimed to identify different ways in which divorce may impact the well-being of teenagers, such as their emotional health, academic performance, behavior, and social relationships. A total of 110 respondents were selected from the city of Chiniot using random sampling technique. The study employed a a well-structured questionnaire to gather the data. The statistical analysis of the data was performed using SPSS software to conduct descriptive and inferential analyses with the goal of addressing the research objectives. The results showed "loss of confidence" ranked on 1st position. The results also showed that the responses fell between high to very high. However, they were also shown to be somewhat high with the mean value 3.41. The respondents ranked "emotionally sensitive" at 2nd position and it tended to be somewhat high with the mean value 3.29. "Loss of faith in marriage" was ranked on 3rd position and it showed that the responses fell between somewhat high to very high. However, it tended towards somewhat high with the mean value 3.27. "Over use of smart phone in family time" was ranked on 1st position and it showed that the responses fell between somewhat high to very high. However, it tended towards somewhat high with the mean value 3.47. The respondents also ranked "high levels of conflict and animosity between parents" which was somewhat high with the mean value 3.45. "Mistrust of parents” was ranked on 3rd position and it showed responses between somewhat high to very high, however, it tended towards somewhat high with the mean value 3.11.

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Published
2023-12-20
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