The Rise in the Divorce Rate Essay

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The topic that I have chosen to do my research on is the rise in the divorce rate. The reason I have chosen this topic is because I myself have recently been through a divorce. I think everyone by now has heard that fifty-percent of marriages now a days end in divorce. So after going through a divorce myself I would like to know why that is.” Today 59% of the population is married down from 62% in 1990 and 72% in 1970. One of the first things I looked at was the average length of a marriage. I found that that average length of first marriages that end in divorce for males is 7.8 years and 7.9 for females. I found that interesting since my marriage lasted a little over seven years. A few other interesting statistics that I found where that…show more content…
(Nakonezny, 1995)
“The next thing I looked at where some of the myths surrounding divorce. I found a good article by David Popenoe about the top 10 divorce myths. Myth number 1. Because people learn from their bad experiences, second marriages tend to be more successful than first marriages. The fact is that although many people who divorce have successful subsequent marriages, the divorce rate of remarriages is in fact higher than that of first marriages. Myth number 2. Living together before marriage is a good way to reduce the chances of eventually divorcing. The facts on that myth are many studies have found that those who live together before marriage have a considerably higher chance of eventually divorcing. The reasons for this are not well understood. In part, the type of people who are willing to cohabit May also be those who are more willing to divorce. There is some evidence that the act of cohabitation itself generates attitudes in people that are more conducive to divorce, for example the attitude that relationships are temporary and easily can be ended. Myth number 3. : Divorce may cause problems for many of the children, who are affected by it, but by and large these problems are not long lasting and the children recover relatively quickly. The facts: Divorce increases the risk of interpersonal problems in children. There is evidence, both from small
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