Internalizing Behavior Problems of Children from Broken Families

Authors : Tuka Y. Hassan; Huda S. Saeed; Eman A. Al-Kaseer; Jawad K. Al-Diwan

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 2 - February

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Internalizing disorders occur in individuals exhibit over control of their behavior; also known as a secret illnesses. Childhood internalizing behaviors are highly prevalent impairing conditions. Objectives: To highlight the internalizing behavioral problems among children of broken family. Materials and methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in Personal Status Courts in Baghdad. A total of 92 children of separated parent aged 6 – 11 years were included in the study. Male to female ratio was 1.2:1. A special designed questionnaire was used for data collection. Children with obvious internalized behaviors are those with ≥50% of the total score. Chi square and fisher’s exact test were used alternatively. Results: Fifty children (54%) children were with obvious internalized behaviors problems. Children aged 6 – 8 years old, female gender, dropped out of school, and failed in school performance had obvious internalized behaviors problems (32, 28, 9, 37; 61.5%, 68.3%, 64.3%, 86%, respectively). Custodial parent with internalized behaviors problems were mainly fathers (8; 100%); those who had a job were 37 (50.7%) and remarried were 12 only (57.1%). Conclusions: Broken homes affect negatively on school achievement and mental development of children. Females were highly affected by broken homes. Children’s age was with no effect on internalized behavioral problems.

Keywords : Broken Homes, Childhood Behavioral Problems, Internalizing Disorders


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