HOW BOYS & GIRLS REACT
Research shows that boys tend to get depressed when their dad leaves the house. Boys also suffer more than girls when their parents get into an argument.
Girls tend to exhibit emotional problems such as antisocial behaviour (rebellious behaviour, for example) after as opposed to before the divorce.
The quality of a dad’s role when it comes to parenting does not have a significant effect on a girl’s antisocial behaviour during a divorce, say experts. Their mother’s parenting style plays the biggest role. It is thus very important for a mother to be a support system to her daughters.
Boys will likely need professional help. It is also very important that dads play an active role in their sons’ lives after the divorce. A male role model is of utmost importance for boys.