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Methodology 45
Findings and Analysis 616
Evaluation and Conclusion 1718
Bibliography 19
Pilot Questionnaire 2021
Questionnaire 2223
The rising level of divorce rates within western society has grown to alarming levels
within recent years with the United Kingdom having of the largest divorce rates in
the world outside of the United States.…read more

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Identifying whether the high divorce rate means people value
marriage less now than in the past
Looking at the sociological reasons for the increase in the divorce
To help with this project I will be look at the works of William J. Goode, Ronald
Fletcher amongst others as well as the mass media as to find out why they think the
divorce rate within the United Kingdom is so high.…read more

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I had used just closeended questions.
Thus gaining reliable and valid data.
Questionnaires are also limited by the design of the questions, if someone doesn't
understand a question they may just answer randomly making the data useless. To
try to avoid this happening I have conducted a Pilot version of the questionnaire to
three people to see if anything has to be amended before it is given to the public.…read more

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Findings and Analysis
Secondary Findings
To help assist with the investigation as well as primary resource secondary
research has been conducted looking at the sociological reasons for the rise in the
divorce rate which will help better understand results and in turn will answer my
fourth aim.
In relation to my first aim an estimated 136,000 divorces took place within the
United Kingdom in 2008 compared to just 27,000 taking place in 1961
according to the office for National Statistics.…read more

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The year after the act was introduced the divorce rate stood at 125,000
compared to 56,000 in 1969 it is thought the reason for this is due to the high
number of marriages that had broken down known as "empty shell marriages" which
were waiting for an excuse to be able to divorce.
Attitudes towards divorce in 2010 appear a long way away from those held
previously. In his 1971 research William J.…read more

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The results show that if unsatisfied with their marriage 57% of men aged 1840 and
50% of women aged 1840 would divorce from their partner.
The high results amongst young people suggesting that they would divorce is
something similarly seen within that of The results of Jowell et al's 1997 British and
European Social Attitudes Survey which demonstrated that there is a social change
happening with attitudes towards divorce.…read more

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The results in the above chart highlights that the majority of participants would
consider remarriage if their first marriage was to fail with 55% of men aged 1840
and 60% of women aged 1840 answering that they would remarry. However
40% (the highest majority) of women 4180 answered that they would never remarry
suggesting that women benefit less from a marriage than men.…read more

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The most common answer provided by participants was "C" that the divorce rate
does not discourage people from getting married. Although 50% of women aged
1840 responded that they thought people will cohabitate first before
marrying. Cohabitation is now becoming a common alternative to marriage within
Britain in 19967 25% of unmarried women aged 1849 were cohabitating.…read more


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