Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

Do Special Needs Children Affect the Rates of Divorce?

Location

Guzman 113, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 5:40 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 5:55 PM

Department

Health Sciences

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Brett Bayles, MPH, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

According to the CDC, divorce rates in the United States are resting around 40-50% per state. This rate is abnormally high, but there is not one certain reason why. Divorce is no simple problem to understand. There are several contributing stressors that affect marital statuses such as children, finances, age, personal values, or just overall compatibility. Special needs children are one factor of a family dynamic that is still not clear on how much they influence a marital status. There are some studies claiming that special needs children increase a families divorce rate up to 80%, and there are some that say having a special needs children makes no influence on martial relationships at all compared to non special needs families. In my capstone research, I wanted to find out why this is such a conflicting topic, so I talked to people who were specifically immersed in the field of working with special needs children to answer my question: Do children with special needs affect the rate of divorce?

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Do Special Needs Children Affect the Rates of Divorce?

Guzman 113, Dominican University of California

According to the CDC, divorce rates in the United States are resting around 40-50% per state. This rate is abnormally high, but there is not one certain reason why. Divorce is no simple problem to understand. There are several contributing stressors that affect marital statuses such as children, finances, age, personal values, or just overall compatibility. Special needs children are one factor of a family dynamic that is still not clear on how much they influence a marital status. There are some studies claiming that special needs children increase a families divorce rate up to 80%, and there are some that say having a special needs children makes no influence on martial relationships at all compared to non special needs families. In my capstone research, I wanted to find out why this is such a conflicting topic, so I talked to people who were specifically immersed in the field of working with special needs children to answer my question: Do children with special needs affect the rate of divorce?