Marriage and divorce | Statistics and things to consider

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In terms of divorce, are there health concerns to consider? (Thinkstock)

The effects of separation are crucial. According to the recent Census Bureau report released earlier this month, there is an increased number of single Americans, and about 106.4 million citizens are included in this group of households. The primary causative factor of this growing rate is divorce. Divorce is another stage of adjustment. It is a sensitive family issue that primarily should bring stability and security among every household member.

Irony of marriage

Divorce is a life-changing event, just like marriage. Marriage is a challenge; it is a life-long commitment and exploration. It is an adventure in which many couples  find happiness and contentment. Marriage is a mixture of joy and pain, pleasure and difficulty, and love and sacrifice. Today, couples are resorting to the separation of this life-long pledge for various of reasons. Infidelity, incompatibility, violence and miscommunication are some of the many reasons why couples choose to divorce.

Statistical outcomes

America’s health departments conducted several studies on modern family life. The National Survey of Family Growth is the study that focuses on nationwide family issues regarding marriage, fertility, divorce, pregnancy and children’s health. Divorce rates for the past five years were one of the data-gathering projects facilitated by the group led by Bramlett, Matthew and William Mosher.

In the research, women ages 15-44 years old were used as a sample in 1995. It was published in National Center for Health Statistics that 43 percent of the marriages studied ended in a divorce. Most couples in crisis overlooked the option of obtaining a payday loan or an installment loan to help fund marriage counseling.

Health concern

Divorce is also a health concern. Its aftermath is critical, though there are valid reasons for every separation. Children, however, are the most affected in every divorce. Just like any couple, they also experience certain adjustments and a change in routines. Health compromises the entirety of an individual’s wellness. The physical, socio-emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions are included in assessing health. It is a continuous re-examination of the advantages and disadvantages of the decision.

For better or for worse

Research psychologists E. Mavis Hetherington and John Kelly published a study titled “For Better or for Worse: Divorce Reconsidered” in 2002. Their investigation proved that 25 percent of children are distressed by divorce. These children considered separation of their parents as a traumatic event. Invalidating marriage also causes stages of grieving — denial, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance. The processing of pertinent documents is fast. However, it takes years to accept the reality of farewell.


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