Marriage and Divorce

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Marriage and Divorce American Style
Taylor Hancock
Sociology of Family
SOC-213-40

"On average, recent studies show, parents and children in married families are happier, healthier, wealthier, and better adjusted than those in single-parent households."(Hetherington, 2002). I do not believe in this statement at all. I come from a single parent house hold and though we are not wealthy, I am happy, healthy, and well adjusted in the world. At the age of two my parents got divorced, so I understand the hardships that people go through when a family is torn apart.

There are five different types of marriages: pursuer-distancer, disengaged, operatic, cohesive-individuated and traditional. "Pursuer-distancer marriages are those mismatches in which one spouse, usually the wife, wants to confront and discuss problems and feelings and the other, usually the husband, wants to avoid confrontations and either denies problems or withdrawals. Disengaged marriages are ones where couples share few interests, activities, or friends. Conflict is low, but so is affection and sexual satisfaction. Operatic marriages involve couples who like to function at a level of extreme emotional arousal. They are intensely attracted, attached, and volatile, given both to frequent fighting and to passionate lovemaking. Cohesive-individuated marriages are the yuppie and feminist ideals, characterized by equality, respect, warmth, and mutual support, but also by both partners retaining the autonomy to pursue their own goals and to have their own friends. Traditional marriages are those in which the husband is the main income producer and the wife's role is one of nurturance, support, and home and child care." (Hetherington, 2002). I was too young to remember what type of marriage my parents had. I believe that in today's economy, it is too difficult to have a traditional family. Many families now-a-days are two income households.

For marriages that involve children, divorce can be...
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