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  • Posted By: joycehsia
  • Date Posted: 04/17/2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Words: 1796
  • Pages: 8
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Divorced Families & Impact on Children’s Future Childbearing Decision

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Divorced Families & Impact on Children’s Future Childbearing Decision

Divorced Families & Impact on Children’s Future Childbearing Decision


I. Introduction


The divorce rate in the United States has skyrocketed in the period of mid-1960s to early 1980s. According to the graph of U.S. Divorce Rate from the Monthly Vital Statistics Reports taken from University of Maryland’s website (Graph 1), the divorce rate starts out at approximately 10% in 1950s and shoots up to around 23% in 1980s and remains fairly stable at about 20% from 1980s and on. Although there are various reasons to why such trend occurs, in this paper, I would like to discuss the consequences of this phenomenon. Regardless of the fact that divorce is becoming more and more common, its impact on children is indisputable. A divorced family will impact each child on different levels; these include unstable emotions such as depression, rebellious attitude toward social norms, drug abuse, destructive behavior, increase of isolation or withdrawal from friends and family, and even thoughts of suicide or violence. In addition, since children who grow up in divorced family have only one adult to support their material and emotional needs, they often have unbalanced personality and live in lower economic condition than the children from a traditional two-parent family. Loneliness in such case may lead to a prolonged single life while poor financial background may lead to the inability to raise kids; therefore, greatly affect one’s childbearing decision. This may even be a serious threat to the world today with the already low fertility rate.


In this paper, I am interested in whether the divorce of the parents will leave a dominant and pervasive shadow to their children and thus impact their decision of childbearing in the future.


II. Data


I used data generated by the SDA Frequencies/Crosstabulation Program from “GSS Cumulative Datafile 1972-2008” to support ...

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