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Children of divorced parents -- Psychology;


The divorce rate has steadily increased in the United States. In 1960, fewer than 10 out of every 1,000 marriages ended in divorce, but the figure more than doubled by 1980 (Cherlin, 1981, cited in Emery, Hetherington & DiLalla, 1985). In 1984, 50 percent of all first marriages ended in divorce (Glick, 1984) with an even higher rate of divorce for remarriages (Berns, 1985). Many of these divorces involve children. With estimates of at least 50 percent of the children born in the 1980s likely to find themselves in a divorce situation before their 18th birthday (Glick & Lin, 1986), divorce has become a fact of life for many children. It is also expected that by the year 2000, 60% of U.S. children will spend some part of their lives in single-parent homes (Jellinek & Klavan, 1988). Even though the divorce rate has leveled off in recent years (Hetherington, Stanley-Hagan, & Anderson, 1989), it is clear that children in the 1990s are much more likely to experience the disruption of their parents' marriage and to live with a single parent than were children in the 1960s (Demo, 1992).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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