Learn how teens have to deal with the new reality of their day-to-day living. Feeling distress when put into a negative, hostile environment is simply human nature. Teens who witness their households falling apart naturally feel distraught. According to john gottman, relationship psychologist and author of raising an emotionally intelligent child, many psychological studies have shown that children experience increases in heart rate and blood pressure when exposed. As the adolescent attempts to distance himself from his parents, he may act out in other ways adolescents often become extremely anger at one or both parents. The result can be abusive behavior such a shouting and name-calling,. teens find it especially hard when their parents fight and argue or act with bitterness toward each other. The negatives are when teens become susceptible to excessive influence from peers who actively encourage anti-social of destructive behaviour. Teenage behaviour changes just as there are common impacts of divorce, there are also common behavioural traits that can emerge. text messages between chris huhne and his 18-year-old son lay bare how much anger a divorce can generate and how damaging it can be for vulnerable young adults. for more about the effects of divorce on adolescents, see my novel, the case of the scary divorce -- a jackson skye mystery (magination press, 1997.). The negative effects of divorce had to do with an end to family traditions. The children now feel an obligation to spend time with both parents. The good news is, parents can take steps to reduce the psychological effects of divorce on children.