The divorce rate continues to increase from year to year. While many studies are conducted on the reasons for divorce, fewer focus on the consequences that occur after. Although each case comes with its own set of circumstances, I am going to focus on two articles that look at some of the consequences that occur after a divorce. The first will focus on the adult children of divorced couples while the second takes an in depth look at how African American women fair following divorce. B. Discussion (article 1)
In the article, Feeling Caught Between Parents, the author evaluates how adult children have been affected by their parents’ relationships while growing up. He also compares the feelings of adult children of divorced parents with adult children of parents who continued in a high-conflict marriage. The study focuses on children feeling caught between the two parents in both circumstances. The target population included all married individuals in the United States with a telephone, both spouses present, and both spouses being no older than 55 years of age in 1980. To obtain the sample, telephone interviewers used a random digit dialing to select households then a second random procedure to select either the husband or the wife. The final sample of parents consisted of 2,033 married individuals. These individuals were interviewed again in 1983 (78%), 1988 (66%), and 1992 (58%). Of these parents, 87% with eligible children provided names and telephone numbers for the children. If parents had more than 1 eligible child, a random procedure was used to select which child to include. Offspring were interviewed first in 1992 and again in 1997. A total of 691 offspring were interviewed at least once. The analysis was restricted to children who were 19 years of age or younger in 1980 when the parents were first interviewed. The first hypothesis was that parental divorce has a direct effect on children feeling caught between...
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