Divorce is not an exception anymore. In fact, with the rate of marriage decreasing over the past

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Divorce is not an exception anymore. In fact, with the rate of marriage decreasing over the past decade, and the divorce rate remaining steady, we are likely to know more people who are divorced than those who are legally bound. During this semester we read four novels. Divorce was a common theme in all of them. Only a few generations ago, American culture rejected divorce as scandalous. Today, law, behavior, and culture embrace and even celebrate it. It got me to wondering about the children of divorced parents. It got me to wondering, what about the children? Being concerned about them, I decided to research the Disruption of many traditional households. What happens during and after the process of divorce, predominantly to the…show more content…
The study tracked the families through divorce as well as through periods before and after the divorce. While the children fell behind their classmates in math during the period of divorce, Kim was surprised to see those students showing no issues in the time period preceding it. "I expected that there would be conflict between the parents leading up to their divorce, and that it would be troublesome for their child, but I failed to find a significant effect in the pre-divorce period." (Hyun Sik Kim) Why divorce would be that harsh on elementary school students is not hard to figure. It is the stressful new experiences associated with the divorce process including a bad relationship between mom and dad, shuttling between homes, the emotional effect the breakup has on parents and more. According to a new study published in the March 2013 edition of Public Health, researchers at the University of Toronto found that both male and females of divorced parents are significantly more likely to begin smoking than peers whose parents are married. The study looked at nineteen thousand Americans of divorced parents, who were ages 18 and older. Of that group, 1,551 were male and 2,382 were female. Men whose parents divorced before they

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