Factors Promoting Higher Divorce Rates

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The traditional family clan that we are all acquainted with, the father, the mother and their offspring, has been consistently losing ground, in fact, the tendency does not appear to slow down, in other words, it is hastening to extinction. Data from the Bureau of Census Statistical Abstract of the United States published that in 1890 the ratio divorce to marriage was one divorce for every 18 marriages. More than 100 years later, in 2005, the divorce rate had impressively incremented to an astounding rate of one divorce for every 2.1 marriages. Therefore, this augments represents a 40 percent increase in divorce rate in a 100 year period. Additional information found in Hunt/Colander’s Social Science textbook reveals that 40 percent of first marriages end in divorce, 80 percent of those people enter a second marriage, and 40 five percent of the second marriages again end in divorce.” Thus, these statistics indicate that half of today’s marries, sooner or later, will separate. And it also portends, that if we do not make radical changes to our behavior, in less than another 100 years we will certainly have a once a year Wed-day or perhaps a National Wed-Holiday day-off. By then few people will wed and none will walk down the actual aisle. One fact liable for the radical rise in divorce rate is the selfishness of today’s couples. The newest generations do not profess the: if I make you happy, in return you may make me happy, and if we both think this way, my effort added to your effort will make us both happy. Today’s credo may sound more like if you are no happy with yourself you cannot make me happy, period. Along with the narcissism the materialistic mind of the new generations and their pursuit for better quality of life is... ... middle of paper ... ...em cell research. Waite, Linda J., and Maggie Gallagher. The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, and Better off Financially. New York: Broadway Books, 2000. Print. A great book for not only couples but everyone to read. Friendly reading and well documented with more than 250 sources collaborating to the study. Clear examples are presented on marriage among all social classes. A great source of information provided by the knowledgeable sociologist Linda J. Waite. Axinn, William G., and Arland Thornton. The Transformation in the Meaning of Marriage, in Ties that Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation, eds. Linda Waite, Christine Bachrach, Michelle Hindin, Elizabeth Thomson, and Arland Thornton (forth-coming) Thornton, Arland, “Changing Attitudes toward Family Issues in the United States,” Journal of Marriage and the Family 51 (1989): 873-93
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