Children’s Mental Health and Development Impacted by Parental Absence

  • Rakhi Singh
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  • Rakhi Singh

    Student at Thakur Ramnarayan College of Law, Dahisar East, Mumbai

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The presence of loving and nurturing parents is widely recognized as a fundamental cornerstone of a child's emotional and psychological development. However, in today's dynamic world, parental absence has become a prevalent and multifaceted issue, with various factors like divorce, death, or work-related separations affecting families worldwide. This research paper delves into the intricate relationship between parental absence and its profound repercussions on the mental health and overall development of children. Drawing upon an extensive review of literature, this study navigates through the intricacies of the subject matter, exploring the diverse contexts and experiences of children facing parental absence. We examine the emotional and psychological toll this phenomenon takes on young minds, shedding light on the vulnerabilities it can create. This research explores the wide spectrum of emotions that children might experience, from anxiety and sadness to resilience and growth, offering a nuanced understanding of their coping mechanisms. Furthermore, we delve into the impact of parental absence on various facets of a child's development, including their social, cognitive, and emotional domains. We consider the long-term consequences and the potential for positive outcomes amidst adversity. The interplay of external support systems and the child's innate resilience is explored, offering insights into mitigating adverse effects. In the quest to address the challenges posed by parental absence, this paper investigates existing interventions and support mechanisms, critically evaluating their effectiveness. We discuss the implications for policy-making and suggest areas for further research in the pursuit of enhancing the well-being of children experiencing parental absence.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 1967 - 1989


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