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Divorced Families Over the Life Course

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Divorced Families Over the Life Course Jessica L, Celika C, Yvette G April 3, 2008 HDF 372K
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Introduction Divorce – A legal termination of a marriage Lacks the rituals or rites of passage that accompany most life transitions Begins months or years prior to the legal declaration that the marriage has ended. Is distinct for family members
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Life Course Approach A framework by which scholars may examine divorce as a process. Effects of experiences that occur at one point in life are dependent on prior experiences.
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Life Course Approach (cont.) Transitions – Long-term processes that result in a qualitative reorganization of inner life and external behavior. Countertransition – a transition produced by the life changes of others
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Social Ecology The life course prospective on the phenomenon on divorce emphasizes the social ecology in which the divorce occurs and is experienced. (Bengtson and Allen 1993)
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Social Ecology (cont.) Contributing to the social ecology are three dimensions of time: Ontogenic time Generational time Historical time The examination of these three time dimensions is important in developing a complete understanding of the experiences of divorced and divorcing families
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Statistics on Divorce = , ( The majority of individuals who divorce their spouses are younger than 45. People over 45 account for less than 20% of divorce in US Less than 2% are over 65
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Differences by Race African Americans are more likely to divorce than people of European descent. Hispanics and African Americans are less likely to seek legal divorce after an informal separation than are European Americans. Why do you think this is?
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Differences by Gender Women tend to divorce earlier than men because they marry older men. 7.8% of men aged 20-24 obtained a divorce or annulment as compared to 13% of women in this age group.
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Divorce in Families with Young Children Redefinition of Roles Tasks of Divorcing Families Establish clear boundaries in parenting relationship and personal relationship Thus, the two parents must shift their attention to co- parenting.
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Redefinition Roles (cont.) Ahrons and Rodgers (1987)
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