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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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6321499
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
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
Keywords : Broken Homes, Childhood Behavioral Problems, Internalizing Disorders