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The Effect of Divorce on Sons Aggression The divorce rate has dramatically and progressively increased in recent years Bridgeman Alvon 1991 Lowen Mill 1998 Many literatures have cited the varied effects of divorce on children The most significant findings are affective Carry 1989 and behavioral Wright 1984 disturbances Particularly boys have been observed to be prone to anger Pieri 1985 Wilson and Ruth 1985 have speculated that the increase of behavior disorders and juvenile delinquency can be attributed in part to the increasing divorce rate In their study of 300 juvenile delinquent boys Cook and Turner 1978 noted a divorce rate among parents that was significantly higher than in a non-delinquent group of comparable age and socio-economic status Absenteeism and referrals for disciplinary action were more frequent in a sample of Minnesota junior high school students whose parent were divorced than in a sample of students from unbroken families Zuk 1987 Clinical theorists have presented a convincing rationale for these findings Pieri 1985 has pointed out that the breakdown of the nuclear family and as is typical the departure of the father from the family leads to anger stemming from the change in family status disruption of secure routines blame casting depression and economic stresses Boys who are apt to be more closely identified with the father are more likely to display anger in the form of aggressive acting-out behavior Wright 1984 It is important that these clinical observations and theoretical formulations are subjected to more rigorous scientific assessment The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that boys of divorced parents are prone to anger thereby providing research support for existing theoretical formulations This investigation aims to offer experimental confirmation of the idea that anger is a distinguishing characteristic of boys of divorced parents Bibliography Reference Bridgeman W N Alvon
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