What Is a Broken Family?

A broken family is a family that has split or separated due to a variety of reasons. This leads to children being raised by single parents, stepparents or others not related to the biological parents.

Broken families can result from separation due illness, divorce or other issues. The break-up of a family has many negative impacts on the children. The children are more likely to act out against siblings, biological parents or stepparents. Children also develop emotional issues, such as anger, resentment, loneliness and depression, due to the change in the family unit. Children involved in broken families are also more likely to engage in early sexual activities and have difficulties in school.