High Divorce Rates

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Why is the Divorce Rate So High? Intro to Sociology April 25, 2006 A question that has been plaguing sociologists for years is the issue of high divorce rates. Since the 80's there has been an extremely high rate of divorce in our country. In statistics I found from 2004 the percentage of divorce was at 47(NCHS). This question has been studied vigorously, sociologist have looked in every direction for one solid reason that our divorce rate is so high, even compared to other developed countries. As of right now, a simple answer has not been found, but various theories have been formed to attempt explaining the problem. There are two theories I chose to present in this paper, each with a different stance on the reasons behind…show more content…
The fact that these things changed the same time that divorce rates have skyrocketed should show a direct correlation between divorce and one of the two theories, if not a combination of the two. I do not believe that there is one all-consuming answer for this problem. It seems with questions like this some people hope or assume there is one answer which will just encompass every angle and show that it is only because of that, and that is all that effected the question. I find this ridiculous, sociology is the study of human interactions, and we have yet to find a theory to cover "human interactions." In my opinion, and I'm sure that of many other sociologist we will never find that theory since people all discover different evidence for different theories and since none can be proven over any other, we can make use of what we have. With this in mind, if I had to choose one of the two theories I have presented I would choose the change in roles of women. I think the theory of role change is more directly related to divorce than the falling-out of the institution of marriage. When surveys were taken from 333 men and women, one of the top reasons for divorce was ill fulfillment of marital role obligations (Thurnher). With the roles of women changing, role obligations also must change. As women get home only shortly before, or at the same time as men in dual-working households expectations that used to be

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