PSYCHOSOCIAL EFFECTS OF DIVORCE ON CHILDREN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL DURING MEANING OF LIFE, FEVZI CAKMAK MIDDLE SCHOOL SAMPLE

Abstract

Author(s): Ali Baz B?L?C?

The best environment for child development is the family home. There is not a second healthy environment where human consciousness can better develop. Considering that childhood memories can affect a person’s whole life, one can say that a child is as the family is. A child of divorced parents can lose all his/her vitality and joy of life, and can turn into an emotionally dry person. It adversely affects a child’s school adjustment, academic success, social relationships, psychology and interrupts his/her natural flow of life. Unfortunately, a child who lacks a harmonious environment at home cannot adapt to life and exhibits an unsuccessful profile at school. In this study, 76 children whose parents were divorced for various reasons were chosen out of 1008 students. They were observed, evaluated and reported during an academic year by a total of 30 educators, including 28 classroom guidance teachers, a counselor and an assistant principal. Results show that children of divorced parents were not able to adapt to school environment between 86% and 100%. They had difficulty forming friendships and were among the lowest in terms of academic achievement. Almost all of them experienced psychological trauma and had difficulty in finding meaning in life. Therefore, studies should be carried out in order to establish support units for these children in schools.

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