Essay by Dab08High School, 12th gradeB+, October 2014

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Darius Britton




Divorce affects the family, a microsociological group, immediately. Divorce affects the entire country, a macrosociological group, sometimes long after the divorce and in many small ways that add up to bigger problems. Some people say divorce is only a personal problem. For example, a young married woman without children. Divorce would impact her economic status and economic future. For a young woman going through a divorce negatively affects her ability to provide basic housing and nourishment needed to be a productive citizen. Divorce is considered a major social problem in the United States of America. Divorce impacts the lives of many people outside of the divorcing family including many aspects of society. Divorce is playing an active role in the culture of the USA by changing the definition of the family. Divorce is a problem in the eyes of Americans. So I'm used sociological analysis using the three sociological perspectives.

Of the three Social Conflict gives the best view of divorce.

Structural Functionalism

Its manifest function is to separate the unhappy parties involved. Its latent function is that the family unit is weakened and bonds are broken. Divorce can be dysfunctional in that it can have a negative effect on children and has made the family more fragile. But if there were fewer divorces it would be dysfunctional because divorce serves a purpose. As a result of divorce many lawyers, judges and court officials are employed. The public system of healthcare employs doctors, nurses and social workers that treat and care for the poorer people in society including those that have lost so much because of divorce. Without the current rates of divorce many people would be unemployed.

Social Conflict

Divorce rates are shown higher in lower income families. The wealthy oppress the poor,