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Argumentative Essay On Divorce Hurts Children

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“Every 13 seconds, there is one divorce in America. That equates to 277 divorces per hour, 6,646 divorces per day, 46,523 divorces per week, and 2,419,196 divorces per year,” according to Wilkinson and Finkbeiner Family Law Attorneys (“Divorce Facts and Statistics: What Affects Divorce Rates?”). With that being said, 42-50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce, according to Professor Scott Stanley of Psychology Today (DePaulo). Divorce in today’s society is considered more common than not. These figures may seem alarming to most, however what is even more of the issue is the effect these rates have on children. Michelle Bryant, an author for University of Texas at Austin, argues the disadvantages and harmful effects of divorce on children, but fails to recognize any other point of view. This essay highlights the strengths and weaknesses of Bryant’s arguments in her article, “Divorce Hurts Children,” published by Gale Opposing Viewpoints in 2009. In the following paragraphs I will summarize the article, state my own research findings, analyze the use of ethos, pathos, and logos, and reflect on the effectiveness of Bryant’s argument.

Victims of divorce
Bryant cites research in which she has found to prove that children of divorce often face problems of insecurity and lack of intimacy for the rest of their lives. Bryant centralizes her argument around a national survey of 750 people, ages 18-35, all of whom have been victims of divorced parents. Even peaceful
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