Divorce's Effect on Children: How the Church Can Bring About Healing

From: Volume VI, Issue 2: Winter 1986 Pages 34-41

Abstract

Many societal pressures are placed on children, but few have greater negative impact than the divorce of parents. Young children, innocent victims of divorce, learn to perceive themselves as abandoned misfits and residuals of a perfect lifestyle, the stereotyped "two-parent family." As an elementary school teacher and daughter of divorced parents, I have chosen to devote this article to the pressing topic of divorce and children from a Christian perspective. First, I will deal with statistics concerning divorce and the effect it has upon children of various age-groups; then I will give suggestions as to how the local church can respond to the problem and bring about healing. The church, as the body of Christ, is to be an extension of the family and must respond to this vital issue which is affecting children.

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