The Anti-Divorce Movement: a Persuasion Paper

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For the last two decades, divorce has become ever more prelivant in society. Studies conclude that less than one-third of all marriages end in divorce. The effects of divorce can be very devastating, especially when children are involved. Everyone who has ever listened to the news has heard the dismal statistics of adolescents coming from broken homes. The statistics showing the effects of a fatherless household includes:
• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S.D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless home
• 85% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Criminal Justice&Behavior, Vol 14, p.403-426, 1978.)
• 71% of all high school dropouts
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One solution would be to prepare couples for marriage. Thus, the adoption of city policies to lower divorce by better preparing couples for marriage. In the community of Modesto, California, they have seen the divorce rate decrease by 54% in ten years. This decrease in divorce rate is credited to a policy called “community marriage”, adopted in 1986. The churches of Modesto County agreed to require a four-month waiting period, intensive counseling and a mentoring program for couples wanting a religious wedding. Michael McManus (a strong advocate of this policy) estimates this program, has saved 1000 marriages in the last 10 years. (Cantor, 1996) As a result, 10% of couples who go through this program decide to cancel their engagement, either by coming to the realization that marriage is more that they bargained for or they have conflicts that love has disguised. But, “better a broken engagement, goes the thinking, than a broken home.” (Nordlinger, 1998, p.28)
Persuasion Techniques According to Annette Rottenberg, the art of persuasive writing uses “the element of ethical and emotional appeals” as a means to influence others. (p.9) A good persuasion consists of three parts: the claim, the support, and the warrant. The claim or proposition of a persuasion paper would answer the question “What are you trying to prove?” There are three kinds of claims: claims of fact, value, or policy.

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