Controversy Paper- better

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Jonathan Roth 11/25/07 Psychology 114 Prof. Traci Controversy Paper An extremely important topic in the United States is what impact divorce has on children, and how big of an impact it is. I have read two scholarly articles debating opposite positions, both backed by years of research. In the opinion that divorce always is detrimental to children, the article is by Judith Walletstein, Julia Lewis, and Sandra Blakeslee from The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: Twenty-Five Year Landmark Study . In the opinion that divorce is not detrimental to children, the article is by E. Mavis Hetherington and John Kelly from For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered. Is Divorce Always Detrimental to Children? Wallerstein, Lewis, and Blakeslee, The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: Twenty-Five Year Landmark Study goes on to explain how divorce is detrimental to children. Throughout the article they focus on how growing up takes longer for children with divorced parents. The authors never really define what growing up is though. They focus on a woman named Karen who had been seeing the narrator as a therapist after the divorce of her parents. After the final interview, the therapist explains how Karen has finally reached adulthood by moving on with her life, and finally doing things for herself. Karen has a successful job, was about to be married to a man she claimed she loved, and finally cut ties with her siblings, who were taking advantage of her generosity. When Karen is asked what she wants, she exclaims she wants a lover and husband and she is “no longer frantic to find just anybody because if I have to, I can live alone”. Is that what necessarily makes an adolescence an
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adult? Is this what an adult is? It is hard to tell what the authors really meant by this statement. Also, the authors talk about how children go through transitions as the parents try to find the right mate. This may not always be a legal marriage, but could just be a
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PSYCH 114 taught by Professor Traci during the Fall '08 term at Suffolk.

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