Does Divorce Affect Academic Performance?
Yes, it does.
Divorce is never an easy process for the parents and children; it is crazy, messy, and emotionally draining. Anyone who gets married wishes for a happy, lasting marriage. Getting divorced or separated to someone you have spent a considerable amount of time with, is never pleasant.
Children are the product of a marriage, and when divorce happens, they are the first casualty. When parents are busy trying to finalize a divorce or disagreeing about an issue, the children are in pain and affected by the whole divorce process.
Divorce to children is life-changing because they will never see their parents together again and will be moving from one place to another to see them. This movement, custody battles, and lack of unity among parents will ultimately affect the academic performance of kids.
It would not be a surprise seeing a straight-A student from last semester performing badly in school and can't even write college essays for money. A study found out that children who experience parental divorce begin performing worse than their peers from school.
They will be more distracted in school, and they cannot concentrate or focus on learning. The separation of parents is never easy for kids who will display sadness, loneliness, and a lack of concentration. For example, the child is in class and is learning math which requires more concentration, focusing on that math problem will be almost impossible. He will be distracted by what's happening back at home, which is the divorce.
The behavior of children from divorced parents is different, and they are more likely to start having indiscipline issues. Therefore, you'll have a young person starting to disobey teachers or school rules and even becoming aggressive. For example, a teacher gives out an assignment to be submitted the next day. That student might lash out by refusing to do the assignment and show disinterest in schoolwork altogether. Also, such a student might even get involved in drug-related issues. All this lashing out and indiscipline can be a way for the child or student to get attention from his parents who are divorced.
With the turmoil and emotions, young people or a student might go through because of divorce, schooling takes a back seat. If the student was active and generally loved going to school, he would start missing more classes. He will be more absent from and will skip almost 60% or more class time.
As they are missing classes, to drop out of school is highly likely. They’re withdrawn, unhappy, and school seems such a big hustle that they can cope with. If they start getting into more trouble in school, suspensions and expulsions will lead to the student dropping out. These divorced parents should realize that their son or daughter is 26% more likely to drop out. Also, since they are performing poorly in school, getting held back is possible, and this will greatly affect the confidence and self-esteem of any student.
Divorce is mostly unavoidable for most parents, but they should always be there for their children. With some not even taking the time to explain what is happening, having a kid with poor academic performance is not a surprise.
Whether the student has started being undisciplined, missing classes, getting distracted, and dropping out, all this will have a snowball effect on how a child's academic success will be. Therefore, it's upon parents to know or be aware of these and plan on how their little one won't be a victim of the separation.