In today’s modern world things are easily obtainable, people prefer instant gratification. If a married couple is not happy, instead of working things out, they seek instant gratification and an end to their misery which is a divorce. I believe marriage vows are not taken as seriously today as they were in past generations. When children are involved with a divorce the stakes go much higher. A divorce is a life changer for children, their lives become less stable and more disruptive. Instead of sleeping in the same comfortable bed every night, they often find themselves torn between two homes and two people that have a great dislike for one another.
Through out this discussion the reader has seen the effects of divorce on children. These effects are primarily shown in three areas of the childrens lives. These three areas are emotionally, physically, and
Most researchers look at how children react and are effected when they experience parental divorce. Divorce is looked at as something “bad” for everyone who is effected by the situation. Divorce in the United States has the highest rate in the world. Over one million people a year get divorced and sixty percent of those divorces effect children (article 2). At the time of the divorce it seems like a horrible experience but, people never think about what would happen if the marriage stayed the way it was. Couples get divorced for many different reasons it could be because there was abuse, fighting, cheating and even if the couple was just no longer in love. “Children appear to be better off in cases in which the divorce substantially reduces
In the topic of divorce, it seems as if the functionalist perspective explains it well. Most of the people get a divorce because they are unhappy within the marriage. If the couple continued to be married it could cause more problems such as affairs, theft, depression, etc., therefore ruining the society’s stability. Both individuals would be happier and there would be fewer dysfunctional families. Through the functionalist perspective, the idea of divorce is
Janet Shansky of Iona college wrote this intellectual article about some major theories within divorced families. These theories have the potential to explain the connection between parental divorce and negative outcomes for the children. These include, but are not limited to, the "marital disruption" theory, the "reduced resources" theory, and the "parental conflict" theory. Shansky takes a deep look at all of the research that went into these theories and how they explain the adverse effects of divorce on children. Another aspect of her article is how these significant theories can be put to use in intervening future students and children from having such a hard time with this major change in their life.
Sociologically speaking divorce from structural functionalism point of view is seen as a failure of society as compared to individual faults. The view has a macroscopic lens that sees that society should provide adequate education and guidelines to couples making their marriages suc-cessful. This can be done by effectively communicating with each other, creating harmony and consistency among partners. Symbolic/social interactionism view divorce as an individual deci-sion by two people influenced by their social habits and environment. The view is of microscopic nature because all it comes down to is choices made by an individual deriving from their interac-tions in the society. In most societies divorce is an expensive procedure as it involves
Fagan, Patrick F. and Robert Rector. "The Effects of Divorce on America." World & I, vol. 15, no. 10, Oct. 2000, p. 56. EBSCOhost, fortwayne.libproxy.ivytech.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.fortwayne.libproxy.ivytech.edu.allstate.libproxy.ivytech.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=3628746&site=ehost-live&scope=site. Accessed 24 March 2017. Fagan and Rector discuss the many issues divorce can have on a child. They argue that when it comes to divorce, there are primarily negative outcomes for the child involved. Children who are victims of a divorced family have an increased chance to abuse drugs and become involved in crime. These children also have a higher rate of living in poverty, being undereducated, and becoming psychologically
Divorce has many victims; they do not fall under a specific category and do not target a specific gender, age, race, or ethnicity. The effect of divorce on children differs from the effect on the spouses. The reasons for divorce are endless; they have many side effects on the spouses but most importantly affect the children. Divorce is one of the main reasons for disruption in our communities. Regardless of the reason, divorce always harms the children’s decisions, personalities, and futures.
“The divorce rate in this country is approximately 50% and is seems to have become more commonplace that people are willing to get a divorce for myriad of reasons, instead of working things out.” (Martinez) Divorce causes many problems, but what the couple that is getting divorced does not know is that they are hurting people other than themselves. Many couples struggle with reasons why they should divorce and others work through issues trying to save their marriage (Martinez). Divorce impacts everyone in the family. The decision to divorce has to be made based on each family’s morals, beliefs and individual situation.
It affects the relationships with each of the parents, one child can favor while the other kid favors the other parent. It can cause fights between the kids making them distant from one another. After a divorce, their childhood is different, their adolescence is different, and even their adulthood. If a child’s parents divorce, they could grow up with a mindset that marriage isn’t worth it and so are kids so they are not going to get married. Children who get caught up in their parents’ divorce are more likely to suffer greater stresses than those who are not involved (Odenweller 2014). A great example of this is the custody battle between the parents. Having to be shuffled back and forth between parents can be demanding on children. This battle can cause the children to feel like they are being forced to choose sides. Since becoming a single parent household, it has an effect financially. The parents have to split the debt that was between them and the actual cost of the divorce. This makes it hard for parents to continue paying for child’s extra-curricular activities for a while until they could get ‘back up on their feet’ again (The Financial Impact of Divorce
Those factors affect the effectiveness of strong roots of social institution which maintain social stability4 . Because we are talking about a larger scale problem (sociological imagination) functionalists in a macro-sociological aspect would blame divorce on the lack of solid social institutions which leads to divorce. Individuals are made to socialize in order to perform their societal function, which is the function of marriage which is the founding of a society. Divorce which is a social problem reflect the fact that the roots of the education of marriage is weak and collectively the choice we make as a society affects the way we view marriage . In order to reinforce my statement any form of society has different actors that influence the society the government, a religious ideology and family. In this case, family is the highest branch of a social institution that can be affected by divorce. The stability of a family contributes to a social order where the offspring of a married couple is more likely to behave better in the large scale of the society. First , women are the first affected by divorce they are more likely so suffer emotionally
In addition to the three causes I mentioned, there are also two effects of divorce. Most couples normally have children when they get married. Divorces can directly affect the children of the couple. Children living in a single parent house hold are more likely to get pregnant as a teenager, drop out in high school, abuse drugs, and have aggressive emotional and behavioral problems. Some children decide to leave their home and subsequently become homeless and they do not have good opportunities to find a job due
Divorce and its effects on children are common issues that are on the rise in the world today. Divorce affects more than just the married couple. Children often bear the brunt of divorce, which makes divorce a complicated decision for most parents. Understanding the effects divorce has on a child is important to know exactly why a child acts a certain way. A divorce can affect a child psychologically, intellectually, and even behaviorally. Children can suffer physiologically from things like depression, intellectually by having trouble in school and behaviorally by having trouble in social settings. Legally, a divorce is a single event, but from a psychological standpoint, it is a complicated,
One of the biggest effects of divorce is the effect it has on our children. Most couples get married and have children shortly after, and all decision made by the couples directly affect their children. Studies show that divorce has one of the most negative effects on children. Children living in single parent homes are more likely to be pregnant as teenagers, drop out of high school, abuse drugs and have behavioral issues. Furthermore due to the high dropout rates of single parent children they often have hard times finding jobs due to their lack of education. Often times we will see that children from broken homes will also have issues maintaining long term relationships as well. Studies show that children who parents are divorced or separated marriages will end in divorce as well. One last scary effect of divorce is that 92 percent of inmates in California State correctional facilities are products of single parent homes; in other words at some point when they were children their parents either divorced or became separated.
An opposing viewpoint contradicts my perspectives on the detrimental impacts divorce poses for children and adolescents in particular. Certain theories suggest that divorce is necessary and beneficial in providing relief to children who experience negativity and depression as a result of conflict within the family unit. This argument maintains that divorce does not harm children, who in fact engage in delinquent acts whilst cohabiting with their struggling parents in a violent atmosphere.