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The Effects of Divorce on America.

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Fagan, Patrick F.
Rector, Robert.
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This paper reviews research findings on the damaging physical, emotional, and financial effects of divorce on children. The growth of divorce from 1935 to 1998 is discussed, as well as the family structure of children in different ethnic groups, negative ways divorce affects society, and the impact of divorce on educational achievement, family economics, the personal well-being of children, the family, and religious practice. Findings indicate children whose parents have divorced are increasingly the victims of abuse, perform more poorly in reading, spelling, and math, see their family income drop as much as 50%, and experience a decrease in participation in religious worship. Recommendations are made for implementing strategies to reduce divorce at the federal and State levels. 14 charts and 205 references.

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