Sociology Of Divorce

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Divorce as a modem legal and family struggle may be an issue of current times, but according to(Coontz, 2006), anthropologists report rates of separation and remarriage among many hunting and gathering societies dating back several hundred years. It is not only important to look at the trends of divorce rates over the years but to also consider the societal structure and influence that the times had on divorce as a function of society.
In many cases women and men may separate from their partner due to violence; however physical and legal separations also pose a significant risk for violent acts and murder to be committed by an ex-spouse (Sbarra, 2013). Divorce can be a positive thing when the marriage is in high conflict and the children are …show more content…

This occurs because people tend to become more open to ideas and behaviors when they’re supported by their peers. When a married person talks with a divorced friend, him or her directly or indirectly learns the benefits and drawbacks of separation and may become more accustomed to or interested in the idea. If your significant other has been on the fence about the viability of your relationship, a divorce within your social circle can become a tipping point. According to prominent research, if your friend gets divorced, your marriage has a 147% greater chance of coming to an end. Even your coworker’s divorce could affect your life, increasing your probability for divorce by 55%. According to the same research, however, if you have children your marriage will likely remain unaffected by the divorce of a friend. Children have been found to counter the effects of the social divorce. Research reveals that couples with children are not as susceptible and their marriages are likely to stay intact regardless of the outcome of friends’ marriages(Chen, 2010).
Another study by Herzog(2002) found that women have a different way of communicating if they were in a household that divorced. Women reported less effective communication with their partners resulting in negative consequences.Some of these consequences resulted in higher rate of conflict and more withdrawal from …show more content…

(US Census Bureau, 2011) , found some that countries divorce increase like the United States, the crude divorce rate doubled from 2.2 per 1000 people in 1960 to 5.2 in 1980, and dropped to 3.6 in 2007 (US Census Bureau, 2011).In the UK, a similar trend is observed. The refined divorce rate (measured in 1000 married individuals) climbed from 5.9 per 1000 married individuals in 1971, to 11.9 in 1981, and 11.1 in 2010(Rogers, 2011). A study on the phenomenon of divorce in Hong Kong, 2014.Hong Kong is not the only Asian city that observe a rise in number of divorces over the past few decades. Our neighboring cities in Asia observed an increasing trend as well. The increase is remarkably apparent in 1990-2000s, and slowed down a bit over the past 5 years. Compared to Western countries, Asian countries seemed to have a relatively lower ratio of divorce to marriage. However, the evolution of divorce (i.e. a marked increase in number of divorces) follows a similar pattern as the Western society. Asian countries’ evolution of divorce happened perhaps a few decades later compared with Western countries. One of the reasons may be the influence of individualism culture, and the changing perception of marriage and relationship. Another change is the liberalization of the laws, as it removes barriers to divorce. When we compare Hong Kong with other cities where Chinese are the majority population, Hong Kong seems to

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