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After long consideration also taking your advice about a topic I chose Divorce and its Effects on Children I explored divorce and it effects on children using the findings of three studies Karl Zinsmeister 1996 Michael E Lamb and Kathleen J Sternberg 1997 Ensign Scherman and Clark 1998 and statistical information was taken from a study done by Kitson and Sussman 1988 I also searched Proquest a program offered to us complimentary of the school and came up with a 9 year old article in USA Today Minimizing the Effects of Divorce on Kids May 1996 What do I expect to gain by comparing these studies Since these three studies and the article were written by different people and researched at different times I am looking for what they found to be the common denominator about the growing divorce rate and the long and short term effects that it has on the children To me it seems as if the nuclear family is becoming extinct According to Ensign Scherman and Clark 1998 the American family life today is a far cry from what it was even 30 years ago The number of single-parent families has increased substantially and about one million children are affected by divorce However if this type of trend continues more than half of all American children will spend some part of their childhood in a single-parent household before their 18th birthday Since most divorced mothers and fathers remarry many children will experience a series of marital transitions from intact-family to single-parent family to stepfamily relationships In my research I learnt that a divorce is not an event for a child but rather a process that unfolds over many years Divorce itself brings many changes The childs world is torn asunder and the childs entire lifestyle will or may be disrupted Conflicts between parents may continue and children may find themselves in the middle of these disputes The childrens sense of
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