Week 7 Soc. Home Work

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Chapter 15 - Page 442 - Questions #1 and #2
1. What factors bind marriages and families together? How have these factors changed, and how has the divorce rate been affected? Some factors which are said to bind families together are children which is the major factor, lack of financial resources, and religion. Children tend to bind marriages together as most couple with children often time thinks about what it will do to the child if they should divorce. Lamanna, M (2011) in the 11th Edition of Marriages, Families, and Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society explains that “Affection for their children and concern about the children’s welfare after divorce discourage some parents from dissolving their marriage.” (Lamanna, 2011, p. 410)Lack of financial resources is another major reason why couples stay married as they believe that they might not be able to take care of themselves and also if a child is involved. Religion is also the other factors that bind marriages and family together. For example the person that I interviewed for last week’s discussion the main reason why he hasn’t filed for a divorce is because of his religions and his beliefs on divorce regardless of him knowing that she doesn’t really want to be with him. The children and financial factor I don’t believe has been changed drastically but on the other hand the religion factor has change over the years. Lamanna states that “The official posture of many—though not all—religions in the United States have become less critical of divorce than in the past.” (2011, p. 407)The divorce rate has been affected but not as you would think based on Lamanna “in fact, divorces have actually fallen from “23 divorces per 1,000 married couples in 1979 to under 17 per 1,000 in 2005” (Coontz 2010a, p. A29; Wolfers 2006). Rather, legal change seems to have followed the trajectory of cultural attitudes and behavioral practice regarding divorce.” (2011, p. 407)

2. How is “his” divorce different...
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