Consequences Of Divorce

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The physical and emotional impacts of divorce can be very tough for the entire family, but is the most challenging for the mother. While each situation is unique, one of the first consequences of a divorce for a couple with children is the change in financial conditions for the divorced parents (Eldar-Avidan, Haj-Yahia, and Greenbaum. 2008:75). From moving to a new home to finding employment, this adjustment is often more challenging for the primary caretaker, in most cases, the mother. Even if she is capable of finding work quickly, statistics show that as of 2008, “mothers earned an average of 70% of the male wage” (Oldham 2008:419). The change in the quality of life creates a more difficult position for a mother since she is now unable …show more content…
This would lead to fewer and lower quality opportunities (King 2008:1681). In an experiment run where different actors played the role of working mothers and fathers, the superiors rated the working mothers less competent and less likely to be hired than the working fathers (ibid). This experiment demonstrated that the assumptions as to competency were made as a function of their parental role, and specifically that working mothers cannot be as successful in the workplace as could be working fathers. The social role theory theorizes that the historic perception of men as the breadwinner and women as the homemaker has created real, legitimate gender differences between men and women, and this is reflected in the workplace as well (ibid:1678). By applying the social role theory to the work environment, divorced mothers will likely be perceived to be less committed employees than would be working fathers, even if they were no less involved. Both mothers and fathers were hypothesized to report the same hope for advancement. However, two separate hypotheses that King (2008) presents would suggest that single women with children are perceived to be less interested and less committed to their jobs than single men with children (1683-1686). This study makes it clear that the stigma against divorced working mothers is still prevalent (ibid). Divorced working mothers are forced to deal with stigmatization in their social and professional lives, creating hardships that she must overcome to satisfy her and her family’s

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