The Rise of Divorce Rate in the U.S. Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

The Rise of Divorce Rate in the U.S.
An explanation for the rise in divorce rates in the USA.
# 119274 | 1,086 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 14, 2010 in Women Studies (Marriage)

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This paper examines the reasons that America has a higher divorce rate than other countries, such as Britain or Canada. The reasons are set out in the paper, those of age at marriage, the existence of previous marriages, and the effects of race upon marriage, being the largest influences behind this occurrence.

Fifty Years of Marriage Problem Development
Age Difference and Its Effect Upon Divorce
Number of Marriages
Effects of Race upon Divorce

From the Paper:

"There are a number of problems which in the last handful of decades have arisen within the institution of marriage in the United States, particularly due to the shifting of its perspective as mentioned above. Marriages which happen earlier on in life are more likely to be of short duration than those enacted later on adulthood. It is estimated that 48% of all first marriages initiated before the wife reached age 18 ends in divorce by 10 years compared to 25% of first marriages begun when female spouses were at least 25 years old. Amongst all the predictors of divorce, age at marriage is the most well established and most consistently predictive, regardless of time period when the marriage began (Bratter, King 162) This reality will be furthered below, however its significance is without contention."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, Theresa J. "" Family Journal. 16.3, pp. 282. Family Journal, Jul2008, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p282-282
  • Wilson, Ben; Smallwood, Steve. "Age Differences at Marriage and Divorce." Popular Trends. Summer2008.132, pp. 17-25.
  • Teachman, Jay. "" Journal of Marriage & Family. 70.2, pp. 294-305.
  • Bratter, Jenifer L.; King, Rosalind B. "" Family Relations. 57.2, pp. 160-171.

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