The effect of divorce on the economy and the behavior of our future generation
Divorce rates in the American community have increased over the past decades. According to available information, an estimated over one million children in America fall victims of divorce every year. The statistics have indicated evidence that approximately half of the children born every year will suffer from parental divorce before reaching the age of eighteen. Despite the high divorce rates in the community, mounting evidence indicate that divorce has both short-term and long-term negative social, physical, psychological, and economic implications on children as well as the future generation. All these function to compromise the sustainable social and economic development of the American community. This paper seeks to analysis the effects of divorce on the economy and the behavior of our future generation.
Effects of divorce on the economy and on the behavior of the future generation
There are numerous implications of divorce to the realization of sustainable economic development in the community. Numerous research findings on divorce cases have indicated that an estimated over 50 percent of divorce cases lead a financial constraints (Grossbard-Schechtman 36). On the other hand, such have far reaching effects on the economic status of the separated couples, their children and community in general. True to the letter, shifting from economically independent to dependent family status makes individuals an economic burden to neighbors as well as the government. This is because such dictate for government funding on basic needs like food stamps, public health care services, and education. This has the implication that divorce compromises the ability of the government to engage in funding useful community development projects.
Another effect of divorce to the economy is its impact on the process of ensuring successful career development in the community. According to psychological evidence, divorce brings with it emotional distress to the children. Just to be appreciated is the fact that depression and stress is a leading compromiser of an individual’s social and academic life (Everett 32). Indeed, it has been established that most students from divorced families are marked with poor performance in academics. Still, poor performance might also be attributed to the lifestyle adjustments involved in divorce, a factor that brings socialization problems with other members of the school community. It is also worth noting that due to the poor living status of most divorce families, the kids cannot afford to attend quality schools. All these function to compromise the career building on the kids, a move that negates their future economic stand in the family.
According to available statistical evidence, children who fall victims have a high rate of engaging in drug abuse and other forms of irresponsible behaviors in the community. This is mainly attributed to the fact that such children lack comprehensive parental care as their single parent spends most of their time working to provide for their economic needs (Everett 37). Based on this reasoning, with high rates of drug abuse among these children, both their economic and future reliability in the community is highly compromised. In addition, criminology is found to be a direct function of drug abuse and poor friendship. Such have the implication that children of divorce families have higher chances of engaging in criminal activities, a factor that negates their future sustainable economic and social development.
On the behavior of the future generation, psychological evidence has closely associated divorce with family linage factors. This evidence indicates that most children of divorce families are marked with early engagement in sexual relationships. On the contrary most of these relationships are never stable due to lack of maturity. Another problem brought by divorce is the art of domestic violence in future generations. Psychologists have it right that the process of learning and developing in kids is mainly through copying the character traits of members of the community (Everett 42). On the other hand, since the parents are the most immediate people to the kids, their behavior factors much in defining the character traits of the children. Therefore, with eminent acts of domestic violence and poor family relationships and communication, the child has high chances of practicing the same at their adulthood life. In addition, divorce and its emotional effective on children might lead to their negative perception of one gender in the community, a factor that compromises their sustainable social and marital relationships.
It is evidently established that divorce has far reaching negative effects on the economic and social aspects of the present and future community. With over fifty percent of divorce families living in abject poverty, divorce victims are an economic burden to the local community as well as the government. On the other side, due to the poor living condition brought by divorce, sustainable development of career remains a big challenge with most of the children engaging drug abuse. Still, divorce can instills poor values on the victim, a factor that can enhance their chances of divorcing in their future life. Therefore, with all this negative effects of divorce in the community, the government and all other stakeholder should engage in identifying and mitigating the causes divorce to protect the future social and economic development in the community.
Everett, Craig. Divorce and the Next Generations: Effects on Young Adults’ Patterns of Intimacy and Expectations for Marriage. New York: Routledge, 1992.
Grossbard-Shechtman, Shashana. Marriage and the Economy: Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2003.