How Divorce Is A Common Family Problem Essay

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Part I: Addressing Divorce in a Family Context Divorce is a common family problem faced by fifty percent of American families today (source). No-fault divorce gave rise to divorce rates as the divorce rate doubled from 1960-1980 (source). Approximately half of children born to married parents in the 1970s compared to only about eleven percent in the 1950s (source). Research also demonstrates that African Americans are more likely to divorce than Anglos as approximately one-half of first marriages end within ten years as compared to one-third of first marriages of Anglos. Foreign-born Hispanic/Latinos marriages are less likely to end than Anglo marriages (source). U.S. born Hispanic/Latinos tend to have higher levels of martial instability than Anglos but lower than African Americans (source). Research also shows that social class or economic disadvantage appears to play a role in producing Anglo and African American differences in marriage and divorce (source). Events leading up to divorce can be stressful and for some families, they may already be facing a crisis before the actual divorce. Marriages that end in divorce typically begin a process of unraveling, estrangement, or emotional separation years before the legal divorce actually happens. During the course of the marriage one or both marital partners may begin to feel alienated from the other. Conflicts or tension with each other and with the children may intensify, become more frequent, and often go unresolved.

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