On the basis of the current information concerning the occurrence of divorce in the U.S., a number of factors have been identified as associated with divorce. Information suggests that age at the time of marriage can influence whether marriage results in divorce. “Younger people who are marrying for the first time face roughly a 40-50% chance of divorcing in their lifetime under current trends” (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1994). “Also, of first marriages that end in divorce, most divorces occur within the first 3 to 5 years of the marriage with the median length of marriage before divorce lasting approximately 3.4 years” (U.S. Bureau of Census, 1992). Information also suggests that adults and children are at increa...
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...gh this process. Without question, divorce is an area of the life experiences of individuals and families that continue to need further attention and efforts from the field of psychology in developing strategies for reducing harmful effects.
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