*For purposes of this debate I define “young” as meaning any person who has been born since the divorce became 50% (or there abouts, I know many take issue with that common statistic.) I hesitate to use the word “generation” since this issue pertains to both many people in gen-x and the following generation. *
Are people who have been born since divorce became a very common way to disolve a marriage (as opposed to "until death do us part) likely to experience significantly higher or lower divorce rates than people born earlier? I know that the divorce rates are currently falling, but I’m not sure that the people I’m asking about have themselves married in any signifcant numbers.
This issue isn’t restricted to children of divorce, since they will influence those children whose parents stayed married, too, of course. Basically, I’m curious as to what sort of influence being, or having grown up with, children of divorce will have on people’s own marriages. Will it make people less likely to divorce since so many have exprienced the pain of broken families first hand? More likely to divorce because they have lived seeing so many of their parents and other role models do it? Or simply less likely to marry in the first place because they lack proper models for healthy relationships? And is there any realistic way to predict this sort of thing in the first place?