The Effects of Divorce on Academic Motivation

Can Divorce Affect Grades and Educational Ambition?

Divorce is a common occurrence in modern households and can have adverse affects on children. Many children of divorce have been studied by psychologists to determine the validity of these effects, including the correlation of divorce and the educational fulfilment of adolescents. In their article “The Influence of Parental Divorce on Educational Ambitions of 18/19 Year-Old Adolescents from Oslo, Norway” authors Zeratsion, Bjertness, Bjertness, Dalsklev, Haavet, Halvorsen, Lien, & Claussen discuss their findings on this correlation through a prospective study about adolescents with divorced parents and those with parents who are still together. Previous studies have found that students from parents who had not been divorced were more likely to move on to higher-level education than students whose parents had been divorced. Other studies show that younger children whose parents had divorced obtained lower grades in primary school than their counterparts with parents who are still together, although the grade gap narrows as age during the time of divorce increases. The aim of the present study was to study the effect divorce divorce has on educational ambitions in 18 and 19 year olds. Continue reading


Letter to SF Superior Courts

San Francisco Superior Court

400 McAllister St., Room 509

San Francisco, CA 94102-4514


Dear SF Superior Court Members,

The American Psychological Association estimates that about 40 to 50 percent of marriages now end in divorce. My name is Nicholas Noel, I’m an undergraduate and future psychology major at San Francisco State University, and am currently researching divorce. I’m particularly interested in overnight visitation requirements set on young children of divorce because forced overnight visitations with a child’s non-primary caregiver can cause negative psychological effects. Continue reading

Sustained Argument Part 1: Forced Overnight Visits are Dangerous

Forced Overnight Visitations are Dangerous

When a couple is seeking separation or divorce, they typically go through a divorce court, which helps them to settle differences by considering the needs of both individuals and their children. If the couple goes through the courts in a custody battle though, they have the possibility of having overnight visitation requirements set so that the children are forced to spend time overnight with their non-primary caregiver. It can be detrimental to a child’s psychological health to force them to have overnight visits with this other parent before they express interest in it. Therefore, divorce courts should only require overnight visitations of children with their non-primary caregiver after the children express interest in doing so. Continue reading

Sustained Argument Part 2: The Negative Effects of Overnight Visits

This is part 2 of 3, for part 1 click here.

Weaning Issues

Divorce courts should not require overnight visitations of children prematurely because young children may need to stay with their mothers in order to breastfeed. The process of stopping breastfeeding is called weaning and requires lots of time, which can be cut short due to overnight visitation requirements set by courts. For instance, when a court gives custody to a mother so that she can keep breastfeeding her child this could be interrupted when the child spends extended periods of time away from her. If she has to give her child over to the father every other weekend then she will not be able to breastfeed as much, speeding up the process of weaning which can be harmful to the child. Continue reading

Sustained Argument Part 3: Limiting the Effects of Divorce

This is part 3 of 3, for part 1 click here.

Limiting Damage From Separation

Requiring children to spend extended amounts of time away from their primary caregiver can cause more damage from their parents’ separation than is necessary. In order to limit this psychological damage, divorce courts should not require overnight visits until the child expresses interest in doing so. Haiman explains that this can be incredibly beneficial to children of divorce. “When judges, mediators, and parents make decisions that give paramount consideration to the welfare of the vulnerable young child, they can limit the damage caused by divorce and separation. The effects of these decisions can last a lifetime” (Haiman). Judges and mediators of divorce courts should not require overnight visitations right away in order to limit the negative effects of divorce on children. Continue reading

Observations on Children of Divorce and Their Counterparts

Who Did I Observe?

The process of divorce can have many psychological effects on children. In order to observe these effects I decided to look at the behavior of four young men who I’ve spent a lot of time with over the years: my brothers Sam (age 16) and Chris (Age 22) and my roommates Austin and Jake (both age 19). Through these observations I have discovered that children of divorce can have behaviors that are more rebellious than those whose parents are still married. Continue reading

Who Controls the Psychological Outcome of Divorce on Children

Who Holds the Power in how Children are Affected by Divorce?

There are various stakeholders – people who possess the power and money – in the process of divorce and how it affects the children of divorcing parents psychologically. The most prominent of these stakeholders are the parents getting divorced, as they hold the most power, followed by divorce courts. Continue reading

Evaluating the Credibility of Should You Seek Help Here?

Is a Credible Website?

Through my research into I have determined that it is a credible source of information on the psychological effects of divorce on children.

Who Deserves the credit?

It is very vague who deserves the credit for the information listed on this website. This is primarily due to the fact that the author of the main article is not explicitly listed anywhere on the website, even on the about page. The closest thing to authors that are listed are the founders which are just listed as “Stillwater area community leaders”. There is no contact info for the author specifically, considering the author is not even given, but they do offer ways to communicate with the site administrators so that people can seek help with divorce. The home page leads to an organization which appears to support the page, although it is funded by donations from supporters. Websites that take donations can be less credible but this one takes donations with the purpose of helping people rather than starting a movement or spreading propaganda, which makes it more credible than not. Continue reading

How Divorce can be Beneficial to Children: A Rhetorical Analysis

Divorce Doesn’t Have to be a Bad Thing

In the New York Times article “Easing the Effects of Divorce on Children” by Conrad Demaster the author argues that many children can be negatively affected by the divorce of their parents. Demaster claims that this does not necessarily have to be the case in all situations and gives evidence as well as tips on how children can be positively affected by their parents’ divorce. In other words, the way children psychologically respond to a divorce is not set in stone depending on how their parent’s act towards them and each other. Continue reading

Topic Proposal

Divorce Affects Children Psychologically

Why Study Divorce?

Divorce is a big factor in many children’s lives, especially with the ever-climbing divorce rate. It’s said that almost half of all marriages end in divorce as of this year (2016). This statistic is important to children in families of divorce because they need to know the psychological impact that it could have on them. Continue reading