Of course, when compared with children whose parents are happily married, data shows that children whose parents are divorced do seem to be on a lower level of wellbeing. I believe, the real test would be to see where these children are placed with regard to their level of wellbeing when compared to children whose parents, although married, are acrimonious in their relationship. The results, I am sure, would show that children with single parents are actually much better off with regard to the level of their wellbeing than those children whose parents are acrimoniously living in a marriage.
I feel the effects of divorce on children are actually great because of the fact that a lot of bitterness is revealed not only before but during the process of divorce. In fact, in most cases the bitterness that spouses feel towards each other is carried even after the divorce, to the point where the children feel like they are trapped in a vortex of resentment, and they have no choice but to find some sort of escape from it all. That is one of the reasons why the wellbeing, especially the psychological wellbeing, of children of divorced parents is low.
However, lower still is the psychological and over all wellbeing of children who live with parents who are married and live together, but metaphorically are constantly at each other’s throat over small to big things. Such children are exposed to constant and relentless negativity and this adversely affects them. In the event of divorce, the rancor actually comes to an end, with parents expressing either limited and sporadic hostility, or none at all.
More research needs to be done in this regard, however, from the available data that I have gone through, it is clearly established that children whose parents have divorced are actually better off than those whose parents live together but are constantly expressing their resentment towards one another. I feel that we, as