Why is Divorce So Common?

Edited by: Erin Swakopf

In this website, I serve as the editor of a Reader’s Guide that examines the leading causes of divorce in America, and how we might change this trend in the future. Obviously, this is a highly debated topic, in which no definitive solution has been found yet in social science research. Therefore, I seek to remain unbiased in presenting the latest studies and statistics. Although this inquiry project was inspired by my personal experiences in the past year, I have not assumed any particular point of view.

When a member of my family began the process of divorce, I discovered something intriguing: the more I talked to others about this family member’s divorce, the more I heard that these others had experienced a divorce as well. It got me thinking– why do so many people get divorced these days? Thus, the research began. After I had found enough reliable and informative sources, I compiled them into this website.

First, you should begin with the Editor’s Introduction. This link brings you to the fundamental introduction to the sources I have included in this collection. It provides a helpful backstory to the topic, as well as connections between these authors. Once you finish perusing this page, head over to my Source List. This contains the full catalog of every article, study, or podcast I utilized. In addition to the permalinks, where you can read each source fully, the Source List also showcases my summaries and proper citations.

Next, I included a page for my Glossary of Key Terms. In this link, you will find a list of some common words and phrases that I found within my sources. Hopefully, in the event that you come across an unfamiliar concept within an article, these definitions will provide you with clarity and understanding. As you come to the end of this glossary, you’ll find the next link to my About the Editor page. Finally, you’ll see two more page links: Making of the Reader’s Guide and Projected Inquiry. The former describes the process of researching and acquiring information for my topic, while the latter explains the next phase of my research if we had another semester to work.