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date: 12 December 2019

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This entry presents the demographic trends of divorce and the social changes that have impacted the divorce rate. A cultural perspective of divorce is provided by analyzing divorce in the context of race and gender and across nations. Current explanatory theories of divorce are described. Research on the consequences of divorce on adults and children is presented followed by the practice implications for social workers. Future directions for policy and research are discussed.

Keywords: divorce rate, divorce probability, divorce laws, cultural perspectives, gender, race, divorce theories, divorce recovery, divorce mediation, external stressors, social policy

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