Divorce Considered Adverse Childhood Event

A new report titled “The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Nationally, by State, and by Race or Ethnicity” names divorce as a childhood event that can have adverse effects on young people. There are several events that can add up in such a way that childhood development and adult behaviors are negatively impacted — divorce is just one of those events.

According to the report, the two most common adverse events are parental separation or divorce and economic hardship. Other events include violence, parental incarceration and parental drug or alcohol abuse. Children who experience more than one of these events may ultimately experience hardships in dealing healthily with their emotions or maintaining their own positive personal relationships.

Erin C. Parisi, a mental health counselor in Orlando, says that parents can help mitigate the effects of these adverse events by taking care of their own mental and physical health. Kids see what parents are doing, says Parisi, and parents who neglect their own health may inadvertently teach their children to do the same.

Talking about feelings and listening to children is important, she says. Parents are role models for their children and should take that into consideration when adverse events, like divorce, occur.

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