Divorce Is The Ideal American Dream Essay

1244 Words Jul 25th, 2016 5 Pages
“Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love” Jennifer Weiner. Starting a family with your high school sweetheart and having one boy and one girl and having the dog playing in the backyard of your brand new white picket house is the ideal American dream. Unfortunately, that house comes with a mortgage payment, an electricity bill, the family needs groceries, the kids need school supplies and clothes, the dog needs to be seen by a veterinarian, the spouse wants attention that you can’t give to them because you have to work overtime to pay for the family’s health coverage. These are just some issues that take place in a marriage that lead to arguments which lead to the final and unfortunate outcomes of divorce. The main thing on these parents’ minds through this dreadful process is and should be the well-being of their children and how this decision will have long lasting effect on their personalities and their development into adulthood. This researched conducted paper focuses on both the long term and short term effects of divorce on children.

Many studies have found that parental divorce and living in a non-intact family are associated with several negative outcomes for children, including behavioral problems (arkes, 2???). Magnuson and Berger (2009) conducted a study in which they observed that experiencing family status transitions, such as into a single-mother or step-father family, are…

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