Title: Is There an Especially High Risk Relationship Between Adolescent Girls with Divorced Parents and the Propensity to Cohabitate Before Marriage? (a Higher Risk Than Adolescent Males Who Meet the Same Criteria) Essay

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Title: Is there an especially high risk relationship between adolescent girls with divorced parents and the propensity to cohabitate before marriage? (a higher risk than adolescent males who meet the same criteria) Cover letter accompanying the proposal (Hypothetical situation) Minister of Basic Education (Angie Motshekga) Department of Basic Education 2011-05-25 RE: Research Proposal: Is there a relationship between adolescent girls with divorced parents and the propensity to cohabitate before marriage? I am a research psychologist (BA(University of Stellenbosch); Hons(UNISA); M (UNISA)) and am currently involved with a secondary school in the Western Cape, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof (Stellenbosch), to better the Life Orientation program they currently have implemented at the school. They have approached me to aid them in identifying areas that are underdeveloped and in need of intervention, with a specific focus on how marriage is viewed by adolescents. My research on the topic of how adolescents view marriage has led me to focus specifically on the rising occurrence of cohabitation. The reason I am submitting this proposal is to gain financial aid from the Department of Basic Education to conduct this research which, if the hypothesis is supported by the findings, could be implemented at schools across South Africa as part of the Life Orientation modules. This proposal aims to aid in directing the focus of programs to be implemented at schools to educate adolescents about cohabitation and the adverse effects of it: if the research supports my hypothesis it there should be programs specifically aimed at reaching a high risk group namely adolescent girls from divorced homes. I hope the attached proposal will meet your approval. Yours sincerely 48349453 Title: Is there an

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