The Effects of Divorce on Children and Families

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The Effects of Divorce on Children and Families

Society is always rushing, hurrying, and trying to beat the clock. Deadlines and overtime seem to be a topic in everyday conversation. How is it possible that so much can be accomplished in just a short amount of time? What seems to be lacking? What is cut out of people’s everyday life? Frank Furedi in his book “Culture of Fear,” discusses many issues that are facing our society today. One of the issues he has written about is interpersonal relationships, at one point in the book Furedi writes “...people pollute-not just the environment but each other”(38). When one takes a more thoughtful approach to life, one may find there are many examples to the idea of strained relationships between people in our society, for instance divorce.

It has become part of everyday life, that divorce is very real. Much research has proven over the past several decades that more and more people get divorced. For example, almost without notice the divorce rate in the United States went from 26% in the 1960's to 50% in 1980 (Masci 9). That number has consistently increased into 1990's through this century. What was once a secret and even considered a scandal, has now become an every day common occurrence. Usually what is left to lie in the balance are material items such as cars, clothing, and homes, but it is not the everyday items left from divorce that affects society, it is the child. What is to happen to these children whoseem to be caught in the middle of their parents divorce?

Children of divorce sometimes are forced to be in the middle of a nasty battle between their parents. Most of the children are scared to say their true feelings and what they want in life. In an article found on ...

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...of the world strongly influences behavior between people. Such sentiments are inspired by a lack of clarity about the terms on which relationships are built.”(107).

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Masci, David. Children and Divorce. The CQ Researcher Online. 11, 2; 19 Jan. 2001. 20 Mar. 2005

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