A 10 page (M.L.A. style) proposal for researching the connection between divorce and depression among children. The divorce rate continues to increase, as does teen suicide and reports of depression in children. Many of today’s children are living with or through divorce, and some researchers maintain that we are creating divorce-engendered depression in children. The paper discusses proposed methods and provides a theoretical rationale for the study. The MLA-style bibliography lists 14 sources.
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The rate at which first marriages fail varies in estimation, and Temke (2001) reports that the failure rate of first marriages is about two-thirds, or
about 66 percent. The rate of divorce is even higher for second marriages than it is for first ones. The result is that "about half of all American
children born during the 1980s, many of them todays teens, will experience their parents divorce ... the majority of teens whose parents remarry will experience a second divorce. Many children
face a second divorce before theyve adjusted to living in a stepfamily" (Temke). Whether these estimated figures are correct or not, the fact
remains that many of todays children are living with or through divorce. The purpose here is to devise a study to assess the presence of a link between parental
divorce and depression in children. II. Theoretical Perspective Nielsen (1999) reports that only 40 percent of college age people have parents who
are married to each other. The fact that the majority of this age group belong to a divorced category of some sort provides a wide variety of study possibilities.
What has been found is that in "general most young people do not suffer long term consequences after their parents divorce in terms of their academic accomplishments, vocational achievements,
mental health, or social development. On the other hand, sons generally end up worse off than daughter, as do those young people whose mothers do not marry within a few
years of their divorce. And both sons and daughters usually end up with poorer relationships with their fathers" (Nielsen 543). Simons, Whitbeck, Beaman and Conger (1994) find that the