Monday, May 17, 2010

Extended Adolescence and Divorce

A totally random thought I had after reading Donald Miller's Father Fiction:

I wonder if there is a correlation between the extension of adolescence (going to school longer, delaying marriage, living at home until late 20s, and prolonged identity formation) and the increase of divorce in our country in the last century, along with the lack of fathers/male authority figures in young people's lives.

It seems like it would be a cycle: an increase in divorce and lack of father involvement would set up an entire generation for extended adolescence, which in turn would set up the following generation for more divorce, less healthy fathers, and longer adolescence. Then throw in the financial crisis and an increased pressure to go to graduate school and it all sort of makes sense.

I have absolutely no data to back this up, but I would not be surprised if they were all somehow connected, and blogs seem to be the place nowadays where you can throw theories out there to be critiqued by the interwebs. Thoughts?

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