Divorce In Today's Society

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Divorce is very common in our current society. All across the world people are accepting divorce in society and it continues to play a role in our society. Starting in the 1960s divorce started to become a more prevalent problem in the United States. The number of divorces per 1000 people, also known as the divorce rate, doubled from a rate of 2.6 to 5.4 between the 1950s and 1980s (Mooney, Knox, & Schacht, 2007). In 1990, when the divorce rate was 4.7, there were 1,182,000 divorces in the United States (Births, Deaths, Marriages, & Divorces, 2006). This is not only affecting the people involved in the marriage, but it affects their families, children, and friends. Even though during my lifetime the divorce rates have been leveling off it is still a big part of our society. There are multiple social factors that led to the rising rates of divorce during the 1960s and 1970s and there are also ways that we can help lower the divorce rate even more by simply educating the teenage generation. In many divorce cases children are involved. Almost all divorcing parents try to keep the children out of it, but it is nearly impossible to avoid involving the children. Divorce greatly increases many types of bad effects on the children involved in the divorce, including psychological problems, juvenile delinquency, suicide, undereducation, and teenage pregnancies. Problems arise from conflict during and after divorce more than from conflict during the marriage. There is an increased incidence of emotional and physical damage even if the divorce is low-conflict. Problems persist into early adulthood and affect the marriage and mating choices of children of divorce (Crouch, 2006). These differentials mostly are not accounted for by other variables such as parents' incomes. On the other hand, most children of divorce turn out fine without serious problems that
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