Virtual Conference
Mental Health 2023

Nataša Ljubomirovi?

Institute of Mental Health, , Serbia

Title: How do children suffer in parent’s conflict?


When parents decide to divorce, they usually have already gone through many events that led them to that decision. In some families, parents have heated arguments in front of the children and show them that something is wrong, while in others the children do not need to know anything because the parents quietly discuss their disagreements and differences. Regardless of how the parents resolve problems and disagreements, and thus the interaction with the children, when the parents decide to divorce, it is a stressful event for the children. In most divorces, after the initial anxiety, fear, anger, guilt and hope, the child eventually adapts to the new situation and new way of life, especially if he still has good contact with the other parent and if the parents are on good terms. However, if parental conflicts are frequent, if parents are in unfriendly relations, long-term negative consequences for children?s mental health are possible: expressed aggressiveness, impulsivity, anxiety, self-blame, need to control the situation, low self-confidence, weaker social skills, psychosomatic reactions, regressive behavior, difficulties in behavior, emotional difficulties


Natasa was born in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia. I was educated in: UK, Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is working at the Institute of Mental Health as psychiatrist in Belgrade, in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is head of Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia and professor at the College of Social Work in Belgrade. Special interests are stress and suicide in youth.