The Impact of Divorce on Adolescents’ Academic Achievement

  • Kingsley Nyarko Department of Psychology, University of Ghana
Keywords: Divorce, intact families, family structure, academic performance, academic achievement


The study was carried out to find out the effect of divorce on the academic performance of Ghanaian adolescents. A total of 100 senior high school students from four different family structures (arrangement) between the ages of 15 and 18 were selected for the study. As expected, the result shows that family structure impacts the academic performance of the students. Adolescents from intact families performed better than those from divorced families, but not better than those whose parents were never married or father being deceased. Another important finding was that adolescents from divorced homes performed poorer academically than those whose fathers were deceased. The significance of these results is discussed.