Does divorce have a differing impact on different groups depending on their financial, educational and/or racial pedigrees?
Well, it’s snowing in Atlanta today and I just want to go back to bed and snuggle under my covers but I thought I’d try to do this one post before I do (why didn’t anybody tell me it gets this cold and snowy and icy in the South? This is carazy!!!!)
Anyhoo. So I thought this one up about divorce and pedigree, not really being quite sure what I even mean by pedigree….like a pedigreed dog or cat or something…..I have no idea………Anyways, State of Our Union recently came out with a study about the emerging trends with divorce. For example, they found that the highly educated are getting married older, and staying married longer than the less educated and younger individuals. They found that Blacks have a higher divorce rate than whites. That the affluent have more stable marriages than the poor. And so on, and so forth.
I wonder if affluent, white, older more educated people handle divorce differently, or are impacted in a different way by it, than say, poorer, younger, less educated white people? If one compares Whites as a subset, say, and change the variables as far as social stature, income and education, does divorce have a different impact among whites depending on “pedigree”? And who would be more adversely impacted? We know who is more likely to divorce. But what impact does divorce actually have on the various subsets? Who feels it more? And then to really rev up the analysis, in the affluent white, older group, which couples are most affected by divorce? Maybe those who are public figures, or even “new money” types are more affected than more private, old money types? Does a Kennedy feel the impact of divorce more than, say, a Giuliani? Or a Trump? Maybe those are not a good example. But…okay, take a royal couple, like the Windsors. If they divorce, would they feel differently about it than, say a Clinton? In other words, does pedigree matter to these folks as far as how they feel about divorce and how divorce impacts their lives? Is it easier for any subset to bounce back after divorce than the other?
Now, if one were to take the word pedigree more literally, to mean simply “ancestry” could there be differences in how ethnicities handle divorce? And if so, what does ancestral background have to do with it? Are Blacks whose ancestors came from Africa (well, everyone’s ancestors came from Africa but let’s consider more recent ancestry with this one) less likely to be devastated by divorce, than, say, an individual whose ancestors or “pedigree” can be traced back to Italy, Spain, Germany or England? Or are they more likely to be devastated? Another way of asking the question is, how important is having a successful marriage that lasts, to these groups? Does the answer vary depending on ancestry or pedigree?
What about Asians – Chinese, Indian, Japanese…..how does their pedigree – religious, educational, ethnic, financial and cultural – impact their lives? And does pedigree have any bearing even on the rate at which they divorce?
How much does racial pedigree matter with regard to the impact that divorce has on an individual? In other words, if we disregard all other variables and just look strictly at race, does divorce have a different impact on members of certain racial groups? Or is it financial pedigree that matters most? Are rich people more negatively impacted by a divorce than poor people? What about educational pedigree? Do the highly educated view a divorce as more of a failure than the less educated?
Do you understand the question I am so awkwardly trying to ask, or not? Does who you are and where you come from have any bearing on how divorce affects you? And if so, what are these deferring effects? How do they manifest?
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