The National Marriage Project And The Institute For American Values

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A young boy hears his parents’ arguing. He hears his father yell and then slam the door. He listens to the truck tires squeal as the truck leaves the driveway. Shortly after, he hears the soft cries coming from his mother’s room and wonders “Is this my fault?” Several days go by and he does not see his father. He finally gets the courage to ask his mother when his father will return. She responds that the will not be coming back because they are getting a divorce. His mother then tells him what a terrible person his father is because he is leaving them alone. She complains they may not be able to pay the bills and says they will have to go to court. In a study conducted in 2012 by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values (Mooney,Knox, & Schacht, 2009, p. 144), 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce in the United States. A similar study was conducted by a professor at the University of Missouri Extension office in 2003 by Robert Hughes, Jr. Hughes found 11,801 Missourians were affected by divorce in 2003. Of these divorces, 51% involved children (Hughes, 2009). A divorce can be a very difficult time for a child, especially when they hear one parent speaking poorly about another. From a symbolic interactionist perspective, one of the key concerns for children is how the divorce affects their self-concept and relationship with both parents. By labeling divorced parents as having visitation rights, the symbolic interactionist argues a…

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