Functionalist view emphasizes the contribution it makes to overall social stability. The divorce can actually benefit the child in several ways. If the parents were being abusive to one another and/or to the children involved prior to the divorce chances are the divorce will result in less fighting/arguing among the parents which in return would result in a better environment for the child. In some cases if a parent is abusing alcohol or drugs and it leads to the divorce, removing the child from that type of environment will ultimately help the child. In some cases the parents eventually remarry and those marriages can either be successful, or in some cases those marriages might also result in another divorce. The impact the adolescent receives from living in a dysfunctional family can impact his or her own life down the path when they are ready to get married. Some view divorce as a failure but in some cases divorce is the best decision the parents can make for everyone involved. Family life as a whole can shape a child into wanting, and knowing how handle a family of their own some day. A family life that only consists of fighting and arguing between the parents could also damage a child tremendously. Functionalist should be investigating the individuals involved in the divorce vs. assuming that it is a social failure. It also might have to do with the fact that they consider the promoting communication and the traditional family may reduce the chances of getting a divorce. When the married couple can no longer be functional or productive together they must separate from one another, or they could potentially become destructive emotionally and physically to each other and the children that could be involved in the divorce. Conflict view argues that the social order is based on coercion and exploitation. The main question regarding divorce would be who is benefiting from what is happening. Divorce is very expensive; when you...
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