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Divorce is an epidemic that draws no boundaries between any particular race, ethnicity, or class.

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Divorce is an epidemic that draws no boundaries between any particular race, ethnicity, or class. Although there is no group exempt from the possibility and reality of divorce, there are certain noticeable trends among specific groups and classifications of people whom are directly affected by divorced. Statistics show that twenty-five percent of all married couples whose ages range from eighteen to forty will experience the devastating reality of divorce (Wallerstein 295). Although a shocking statistic, the divorcees are not the only ones affected by the tragic outcome of these marriages. Not surprisingly, the above statistic goes hand-in-hand with another outstanding statistic that at least one million children each year will experience the difficulty and stress of such a severed marriage between his/her parents (Lengua et al). This outstanding realization of the devalued outlook on marriage has been a progressive plague to our entire world, as shown by the one thousand percent increase in divorce since the middle nineteenth century (Amato). The main focus group of this paper will be that of all married couples that have sought out a divorce after deciding to start a family. It is these children of the divorcees that seem to bear the brunt of the stress and discomfort that is often accompanied by this devastation. We as a community and society can aim to set higher standards for marriage as well as value the sacred commitment to a much higher degree. While striving towards the achievement of these goals, we are able to dismantle and prevent many of the ailing stresses and pains that immediate family members face in the various stages of divorce. ...read more.

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It is also evident that daughters of divorcees are more likely to use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol (Amato) and have a tendency to develop many destructive behavioral problems (Carlson and Corcoran). On the other side of the spectrum, males are just as affected by divorce as females. Various studies show that males who grow up in a divorce-stricken household develop various "bad" habits, such as illegal use of elicit drugs, tendency towards alcoholism, and abuse of tobacco products (Furstenburg and Kiernan). One important difference that separates the males from the females in terms of coping with divorce is that males have a higher tendency to develop behavioral problems leading to a destructive and disobedient lifestyle (Sun). Still, no matter what gender the suffering children are, it is very apparent that divorce has many different effects on the development and personality of the child who endures such pains. As indicated by the statistics and evidence presented above, divorce is a rough aspect of life for not only the divorcing couple but the children of those parents as well. Although there are many trends that are very apparent in the statistics of affects divorce plays on children, there are not "overwhelming" trends apparent in the problems and situations causing the separation. Throughout studies that have been done on the causes and events leading up to a divorce there have been some minor similarities between divorcees. Among the common reasons for divorce are emotional and social problems but financial problems seem to have been the most often among the circumstances (Furstenburg and Keirnan). ...read more.

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In the case of children who are coping with divorce after the separation has taken place, parents can also aid in the transition of the children into their new lifestyle. It is important to get a child that has just gone through a divorce into a normal everyday routine that is similar to the one before the divorce (Wallerstein 167). When a child suffers from divorce, it is vital that a parent find activities and distractions so that the child can begin to see the upside of a divorce and that not all negative comes from a divorce. No matter what race, religion, class, or sex a person is, they have just as much chance of going through the rough and dreadful process of divorce. Divorce is an epidemic that is highly avoidable as well as a plague that has no boundaries. Divorce not only affects those directly involved with it, such as parents and children, but it can affect a person's professional and social life as well. It is important to the well being of those involved in marriage as well as their offspring that all avenues of avoiding divorce are attempted or considered and when divorce is eminent that all parties seek advice and support to allow for an easier and smoother transition for the children as well as the parents. In all cases of divorce and separation, the well being of the children of the troubled couple should supercede all other considerations while exploring the many avenues of dealing with a relationship in jeopardy. 1 ...read more.

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