Learning Objectives <ul><li>Describe and explain changes in the pattern of divorce in Britain since 1945; </li></ul><ul><li>Describe and explain the consequences of divorce for family structures and family members; </li></ul>
Divorce <ul><li>What is the definition of a divorce? </li></ul>‘ A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage’ 1998, Sociology for GCSE, Wilson and Kidd
Measuring Divorce <ul><li>How do we measure how many divorces occur each year? </li></ul>When measuring divorce we use something called the divorce rate . The term divorce rate means how many people are divorcing per 1,000 of the married population. www.statistics.gov.uk
Trends in Divorce What conclusion about trends in divorce can you come to using these statistics? Statistics taken from www.statistics.gov.uk 12.9 1998 13.0 1997 13.8 1996 13.6 1995 13.7 1994 14.2 1993 13.7 1992 13.0 1990 13.4 1991 13.0 1999 12.7 1989 Persons Divorcing Per 1000 Married Population Year
Trends in Divorce <ul><li>Divorce has increased over this century, although not at a steady rate. </li></ul><ul><li>There was a marked peak immediately after 1954, this was partly to do with the backlog of divorces which built up due to the delay from the Second World War . </li></ul>
Trends in Divorce <ul><li>The Divorce Reform Act was introduced in 1971. </li></ul><ul><li>This act allowed an individual to petition for a divorce on the grounds of ‘ irretrievable breakdown of marriage ’. </li></ul>How did the introduction of this act affect divorce rate, if at all? As you can see, after the introduction of the Divorce Reform Act (1969) in 1971 there was an upsurge in the number of people filing for a divorce. www.statistics.gov.uk
Trends in Divorce Media Influence Changes in Attitudes Changes in the Social Position of Women Decline in Religion (Secularisation) Legal Changes Reasons for the Rise in Divorce Rates
Consequences of Divorce <ul><li>Divorce can have consequences relating to the alteration of family forms and the affects divorce can have on family members , especially children. </li></ul>
Consequences of Divorce Society [ Family Forms ] Individual [ Family Members ] Negative Positive
Remarriage <ul><li>The divorce rate may be rising BUT many divorcees are remarrying. </li></ul><ul><li>Official statistics tell us men are more likely to remarry than women. </li></ul>Why is remarriage so popular?
Remarriage <ul><li>The popularity of remarriage can be explained as follows: </li></ul>Those who seek divorce are not rejecting the institution of marriage, they are rather rejecting one particular partner and remarrying in the hope to find happiness with someone else. Divorcees with young children may want another partner to assist them in bringing their children up. Some people may remarry for companionship. In society today, marriage still remains the norm and is seen as the conventional thing to do.
Plenary <ul><li>Musical Mind Map </li></ul><ul><li>As a class you have 3 minutes to get the mind map round everyone in the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone must write one thing they have learnt in today's lesson. </li></ul>