Divorce and the Effects on Children Theoretical Framework

Divorceand the Effects on Children Theoretical Framework

Divorceand the Effects on Children Theoretical Framework

Inthe recent past, the American family structure has changeddrastically from the intact traditional families to single-parentfamilies because of divorce. A common motivation myth for divorce isthe financial stability of both parents. Many parents who aredissatisfied with their partners, but they are financiallyindependent, opt for a divorce so that they can be with their desiredlovers. The divorcing couples, especially celebrities, often arguethat their children will be fine since the court will grant one ofthem the children’s custody while the other parent will regularlyvisit (Moats, 2004).

Thepurpose of the research will be to establish whether the luxury moneyoffers can substitute the love of having both biological parents.Barnes (2012) contends that the children will “just be fine” withthe divorce of the parents as long as they understand the underlyingissues. Nonetheless, Spohn (1998) trashes the justification by as heargues that sharing the intimate details that has caused the divorceamong the parents just makes the children develop mistrust in therelationship. Consequently, the children raised by single parents arealso likely to remain unmarried.

Theheated debate on the perception of children towards divorce and theirattitude towards the subject leads to the research questions:

  1. Do both the young adults raised in both divorced and non-divorced family settings envision marriage and divorce in different ways?

  2. Does gender disparity lead to the diverse mindset and perceptions among the young and adult males and families from divorced families?

Hypothesis:the young adults from divorced families will view marriageinstitution negatively and have a high reception for divorce whileyoung adults raised in intact families will have higher affirmativeviews towards marriage and limited reception towards divorce.

Thestudy is justified because the divorce rate within the last threedecades has been increasing drastically. On the same note, limitedresearch has focused on the effect of divorce on young adults (Moats,2004). It is largely unknown whether divorce can become isundesirable acquired behavior that children can acquire from theirparents, or it is a social influence (Eagan, 2004). Secondly, anin-depth analysis of the effect of divorce is essential forunderstanding the attitude of young adults towards the new societaltrend.

Thestudy will be based on the attachment theory. Mikulincer and Shaver(2010) base their argument on Bowlby`s, Ainsworth`s, and Shaver`sresearch, which claims that the infant lifestyles often influence thedevelopment of adult behaviors. The study will explore the ways thatinterferences with the attachment structure, which the divorceperpetrates, shapes the manners of children in their entire life(Mikulincer &amp Shaver, 2010).

Theresearch findings are controversial since the study indicates thatbroken attachments have a higher effect on younger children. Divorcedenies children an opportunity to interact with people who care forthem. Subsequently, they adopt an attitude of mistrust that couldprevent them from getting married at the end (Eagan, 2004).

However,alternative findings claim that the external environment of childrenfrom divorced families shape their adult behaviors (Barnes, 2012). Similar studies have found that the attachment styles young adultsestablish, especially when the parents remarry, determine theirattitude towards family and divorce matters. For instance, parentswho walk out of abusive marriages and establish a new relationshipthat is free of conflicts makes the youth attracted to the marriageinstitution. On the contrary, the young adults may view divorcepositively, and often refrain from getting married, if the parentmoves from one abusive relationship to the other (Eagan, 2004).


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