The institution of marriage

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Problem Analysis



The institution of marriage has proved to be one of the most sensitive in the present day society. In any relationship whether romantic or ordinary there never misses to be a point of disagreement or indifference. It is around these disagreements that problems are highly likely to emanate in most relationships and even lead to their breakdown. However this does not mean that healthy relationships are void of disagreements and problems, the direction they take all depends on how each party handles the hurdles they encounter in their relationship.

Despite the fact that 93% of American believes that a happy marriage is the most essential goal and 75% of American looking at marriage as a lifelong commitment that should finished under severe situations (Carroll & Doherty, 2003), divorce rate is increased, cohabitation rapidly growing, increase the birth of children who are from unmarried couples, and many adults who are deciding not to get married (Peter J. and Gregory S (2004).


Nature of the Problem

Stykes, Gibbs, and Payne (2012) indicated that the percentage of American who are divorced increasing from 2.9% in 1970, which was considered by many researches the highest divorce rate in that time, to 13.4% in 2012. Therefore, divorce rate is rapidly increased in the U.S. and according to the national trends, mostly half of current marriages are anticipated to end up in divorce (Green & Miller, 2013).

Additionally, according to Gail, Lisa, and David (2003) the rate of divorce in U.S. has increased to “forty percent for first marriages, sixty percent of second marriages and seventy-three percent of third marriages” (p.253). Pervious research indicate that not only the rate of divorce should consider an issue in America, but also how early divorce occurred for couples who getting married for the first time within first five years. Statistics show that roughly 40% of first marriages end in divorce and fifth of this marriages end within 5 years, and one-third over during 10 years (Gail, Lisa, and David, 2003). Burns found that 15% of divorced women stated that their relationship begin to break down during the first years (Wheeler and Kerpelman, 2016). Around and Pauker demonstrate that 42% couples indicated that their marriage was stricter than they thought, 49% found that they had several marital problems that threaten their relationships, and 51% couples had no doubts that their marriage would not stay longer (David, 2001).

According to report from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009, South America had higher rates of divorce in 2009 than the other regions of the country. Mississippi’s divorce rates are among the highest in the nation. In fact, 14 states including, Mississippi, had divorce rates for men and women were above the U.S. average, ranging from 10.0 to 13.5 per 1,000 for men and from 10.7 to 16.2 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). In 2011,

As many researchers confirmed divorce and even marital distress have several detrimental impacts on individuals, families, children, and economy (Cui and Fincham, 2012; Kim, 2011; Patrick, 2011). Research refers that there is link between marital dissolution and negative mental and physical health which include increased physical illness, violence, suicide, and increased mortality from disease (gottman, 1999, p.3). Also, spouses who were suffering from unhappy marriages experience increasing incidence of  “any number of physical ailments, including high blood pressure and heart disease, anxiety, depression, substance abuse psychosis, violence, and suicide” (Gottman, 2015, p. 6). For the number of children who are affected by divorce, are greatly surprise. More than one million every year affected by divorce (Ambrosetti, 2012). Indeed, Children who have divorced parents more likely of dropping out of high school as well as “greater psychological, cognitive, or interpersonal Challenges” compared with children of divorced parents (Kim, 2011, p.487). Even without divorcing, children who raised with marital conflicts between their parents experience aggressive behaviors, physiological stress, and emotional disorder compared with children who reared in peaceful homes (Gottman, 2015). Furthermore, adult children who have had divorced parents are more likely to have “lower relationship quality” with their partners (Cui & Fincham, 2010, p. 340).  For the impact of divorce on economic, it is more