When a teenager is dealing with their parents’ divorce there are many behavioural traits that are said to be commonly used as coping devices. These include:
- Being angry and very critical of their parent’s decisions.
- Becoming with drawn towards a parent as a type of punishment.
- More time is spent away from the family life e.g. in their own rooms or out with friends.
- Some may become better behaved in hopes to save their parents marriage
- Risk taking could become common. Such as drinking and drug use are common.
To find out if these behavioural traits are true, I created a check list for ten high school students that come from divorced homes asking if they think they have developed these traits. The results were as follows:
- 9/10 out of the ten said they were critical of at least one of their parent’s decisions, whether it had to do with the other parent or not.
- 7/10 said that they started to with drawl from at least one of their parents.
- 9/10 said that they spent more time in their rooms and less time with the family.
- 3/10 said that they become better behaved and took on more responsibilities.
- 1/10 said that they started drinking to get the attention of both parents.