Sociology - Rising Divorce Rates

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Change in law.
Divorce Reform Act 1969, means divorces are easier to obtain for both men and women.
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Changing role of women.
Around 3/4 of divorces are filed for by women. This suggests that women are more unhappy with their marriage than men. This change in role of women is vital in explaining the divorce rate rise because they now have the power to do something about a m
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Rising expectations of marriage.
Functionalists say divorce rates have increased because of couples expecting more from their marriage, women in particular.
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Growing secularisation.
Decline of influence of religion, means marriage is no longer sacred or important.
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Change in social attitudes.
Divorce is now more socially acceptable, whereas it used to be viewed as 'shameful'
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Longer life expectancy.
As people are living longer there is more time for something to 'go wrong' meaning divorce rates have increased.
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Around 3/4 of divorces are filed for by women. This suggests that women are more unhappy with their marriage than men. This change in role of women is vital in explaining the divorce rate rise because they now have the power to do something about a m

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Changing role of women.

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Functionalists say divorce rates have increased because of couples expecting more from their marriage, women in particular.

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Decline of influence of religion, means marriage is no longer sacred or important.

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Divorce is now more socially acceptable, whereas it used to be viewed as 'shameful'

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