Sociological thinking is important because it enables the people to find solutions to the social
problems that they face in the society (Newman, 9). In this paper the author uses sociology
and the sociological thinking to assess the likelihood of divorce in the society. People usually
look at Divorce as an individual problem but the truth of the matter is that it affects many
people in the society. There are several social factors that increase the person’s likelihood to
get divorced. The risk factors of divorce are therefore supposed to be handled appropriately
to prevent a divorce. One of the risk factors of divorce is the young age of the partners. Most
of the young people are not ready for marriage because they still want their freedom.
Marriage proves to be an enemy to such kind of freedom because of the restrictions that come
with it. The younger adults are at a higher risk of getting divorced compared to the older
adults. Many young adults spend most of their 20s trying to discover themselves which may
hurt their marriages leading to divorce. The growth that the people in their 20s are going
through may make the couple to go separate ways as it dawns on them that they are not happy
together. They may even find themselves incompatible which may then lead to divorce. It is
therefore important for the younger couples to look for a marriage counselor that will help
them through the lifestyle changes and make sure that their marriages are successful.
Premarital childbearing lead to marriages whose foundation of the union is the child as
opposed to being founded on love. Such unions are likely to break because of the fact that
there is no strong love connection among the couples. A marriage that is founded on the fact
that the couple has a child faces the threat of breaking because there are many things that are
needed for a marriage to stand and not the child alone. Couples therefore have to engage the
services of a marriage counsellor in the case where they have a child out of wedlock to
determine if it is the best decision that they are supposed to take or not.
The other sociological issue that increases the likelihood of divorce is the case where the
couple has a history of divorce (Newman, 42). The adults that have been raised by divorced
parents are a high risk of getting divorced. This is not to say that anyone who has been raised
by a divorced parents will get divorced rather it means that the risk is very high hence it is
important for such people to seek the services of a marriage counsellor when they have a bad
attitude towards marriage. The people from the divorced families should make sound
decision as a way of avoiding the fate that their parents went through. Premarital counselling
can be used as a way of helping the people that have been raised by the divorced parents from
repeating the mistakes that their parents committed. The other problem is the fact that a good
number of the people who were raised by divorced parents have a negative attitude towards
marriage and they tend to move away at the slightest provocation.
Personal insecurities among the couples is another enemy of marriages and may lead to
divorce. A person who understands his or her true worth will understand his or her true value
which is important for the success of a marriage. People who do not know their self-worth are
likely to divorce because they do not believe that they deserve to be in the marriage in the
first place. The people that lack self-worth do not believe that they deserve to get any good
thing which is a situation that affects their lives negatively. The adults with insecurities have
a hard time sustaining relationships because they are always worried that their partners may
get someone who is better than them and leave them. There are always trust issues among the
couples that have insecurities which may end up affecting the whole marriage. It is therefore
important for the people who are struggling with self-esteem to find solutions from the
counselors on how they are supposed to deal with the trust issues in their marriages and to
ensure that their marriages thrive despite the odds that are against it (Newman, 24).
The lack of guidance is another enemy to many marriages. People acquire skills from the
other people. In the case where an individual is not able to receive good advice and guidance
from the other people then such an individual is likely to make mistakes that may affect his or
her marriage. Guidance may also be found by assessing the lives of the other people and
getting some valuable lessons from them. Guidance is important because it helps the people
in the society to ensure that they avoid mistakes that could lead to the failure of the
Just like the start of a marriage, ending it is a personal decision. One notable thing during the
weddings is the fact that that an expensive wedding does not guarantee a successful marriage.
It therefore means that the people are supposed to look for several ways of making the
marriages work despite the challenges faced. The people whose weddings are more expensive
are likely to divorce more than the ones whose weddings cost less. The people who got
married through the most expensive weddings have more expectations compared to the ones
whose marriages did not cost much. It is therefore important to assess the challenges that they
are exposed to and deal with them in the best way possible for the benefit of the marriages
and for the benefit of the society.
Newman, D. M. Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, Brief Edition. Pine
Forge Press, 2009.