Divorce and Teenagers Research Paper by Mgmleo

Divorce and Teenagers
An examination of how the divorce of parents affects high school students.
# 118687 | 3,319 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2010 in Child, Youth Issues (Effects of Divorce) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses how the effects of divorce on high school students range from short-term reactions to long-term adjustment, depending upon how the parents respond to their teenage children during and after the breakup. The paper looks at some of the research that has been done on long-term effects of divorce related to teenagers and how divorce effects them socially, emotionally and academically. The paper also explores some of the theories and ideas as they relate to high school students and divorce offered by two of the most prominent social theorists of the 20th century, namely, George Herbert Mead and Charles Horton Cooley.

From the Paper:

"Of course, fewer teenagers of high school age experience parental divorce, due to the fact that most divorces occur when children are younger, usually between the ages of four and seven. But when divorce does happen, the responses of teenagers tend to vary greatly. On the one hand, some teenagers appear to adjust to family disruptions caused by divorce better than younger children, due to being more independent and not in need of as much affection and guidance as their younger counterparts. Some teenagers cope quite well with divorce by "distancing themselves from tensions in the parental relationship and by becoming more involved in their own ambitions and plans for the future" (Smith, 167). Not surprisingly, teenagers of high school age often worry about how the marital failure of their parents might influence their own plans to have a good marriage. More often than not, teenagers are likely to have problems "when they are not free to pursue their own interests and are drawn into loyalty conflicts to choose one parent over the other" (Smith, 168)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrew, Jan. Divorce and the American Family. New York: Franklin Watts, 1978.
  • Barr, Deborah. Caught in the Crossfire: Children of Divorce. Grand Rapids, MI: Pyranee Books, 1986.
  • Berman, Claire. Adult Children of Divorce Speak Out. Riverside, NJ: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
  • "Children of Divorce: Educational Achievement." Divorce Reform Page. Internet. 2007. Americans for Divorce Reform. Retrieved from http://www. divorcereform.org/edu.html.
  • Clarke-Stewart, Alison. Divorce: Cases and Consequences. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995.

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