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Cuyler Mosley

Professor Fielding
February 21, 2017
Divorce and Children
The short term effects of divorce like stress and overwhelming

emotions are well documented and expected. However, there are certain

long term effects of divorce that arent as frequently recognized. Mainly

because they dont affect the people directly involved in the divorce. In

Geraldine K. Piorkowskis article Adult Children of Divorce Are More Likely to

Have Relationship Issues, she discusses life long relationship problems that

children of divorce are susceptible to. Often times it is the children of the

divorce that are affected more than the parents. In Cuyler Mosleys PSA he

demonstrates how divorce can be a cycle that permeates through

generations due to the emotional damage to the kids as well as the parents.

Both Piorkowski and Mosley make multiple emotional, ethical, and logical

appeals that back the idea of children of divorce having relationship


In Piorkowskis article published by Going Bonkers Magazine the

argument is clearly that children whose parents are divorced have trouble

with relationships of their own. Piorkowski opens her article off with facts that

come from all the investigations she has done. Throughout the informative

piece there are reasons advocated by research that support her core claim.

One supportive argument in the text is that adult children of divorce bounce
from one relationship to another, or they dodge them completely in order to

prevent heartbreak (P 4). As the article flows she supports her the focal

point, and eventually challenges the reader to learn more about their self in

order to help their own relationship.

Having a PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois allows

Piorkowski to speak so convincingly on the psychological effects of divorce

on children. She has also done a large amount of research on the topic and

she mentions her research multiple times in the article. Research has shown

that couples who argue in a critical, contemptuous, and defensive manner

are more likely to get divorced than those who have disagreements in a

warmer, more collaborative, ready-to-compromise style, in this quote Here

she is trying to inform the reader about what the research has proven (P 20) .

This is a clear ethical appeal to support the main idea.

Near the very beginning of the article it states that The literature is

clear. Adults who grew up in divorced families are twice as likely to get

divorced as others. This information simplifies the argument, because it is a

fact that cannot be refuted (P 3). She strategically placed facts and statistics

in the article to continue to convince the reader that children of divorce are

subject to relationship problems when they emerge into adulthood.

Piorkowski goes on to inform how children of divorce often fall in love quickly

and often in order to make up for all the missing ingredients in their

childhood. Providing evidence like this diminishes opposing views on the

topic, making it almost impossible to disagree with the fact that children

from divorce families are twice as likely to get divorced themselves.

The topic of divorce is naturally emotional, especially when children

are involved. With such sensitive subject matter, Piorkowski was able to

effortlessly construct multiple emotional appeals. Within the article she

creates emotional pleas that support her argument. For example, Many of

these substitute father figures possess the same negative qualities as their

own fathers, e.g. emotional unavailability, alcoholism, or unreliability. This

was referring to female children of divorce who date older men to fill the void

of a father figure. However, the person they are dating turns out to have the

same negative qualities as their own father. Through pathos the author is

capturing the truth that divorce can be a cycle that is difficult to escape.

Nevertheless, the most touching appeal is at the conclusion of the article

where Piorkowski insists that the reader learns more about themselves and

their own views on love. She ultimately breaks down all the categories of

love and causes the reader to have to truly evaluate their personal


Adults who grew up in divorced families

are twice as likely to get divorced
This very powerful PSA, is displaying how badly divorce effects

children. The picture shows two parents arguing in front of two little girls,

who are visibly distraught about the fighting between their parents. Imagery

is what makes this PSA so influential, the display attaches the viewer

emotionally. The text plays a huge role in the PSA it provides the perfect

touch to the picture. A statistic like Adults who grew up in divorced families

are twice as likely to get divorced, is moving. It resonates with the

audience, because the audience is people that were previously involved in

divorce. This PSA is encouraging them to break the cycle!

Cuyler Mosley, the creator of this PSA is an undergraduate student at

James Madison University. He was done research on the topic of divorce, and

is qualified to create this PSA. Mosley uses a very credible source, Family

Kind, a top New York City based nonprofit organization that helps children
and parents cope with divorce. Overall the PSA looks to be simple but very

effective and well put together.

The PSA makes a huge logical claim with the bold text that runs on the

top of the picture. Mosley decided to place the fact Adults who grew up in

divorced families are twice as likely to get divorced. With such a simple fact,

it allows easy comprehension and no confusion. There are no flaws in the

logic used in this PSA, only a convincing fact.

The emotion on the faces of the little girls as they witness their parents

fighting engages the audiences emotion instantly. The picture completely

appeals to the audiences emotion; it is showing a disheartening scene that

is common in households of divorce. The boldness of the text draws attention

to the words, that can affect the emotion of the audience as well.

Divorce is an unfortunate circumstance, that happens to be the last

result of a failed relationship. It is supposed to end problems but it also

creates them. Often times for the children. Both the PSA and the verbal

argument spoke on the troubles that are inherited by the children of divorce.

The verbal argument was definitely more effective because it has more

information and more convincing material than the PSA. However, both

successfully completed their job of informing the audience about the

problems divorce causes. The verbal argument even provides ways to help

the audience in their issues with relationships. The PSA offers a visual angle
that the verbal argument cant. The saying seeing is believing applies to

the PSA because it makes the audience believe that real people deal with

these real problems.

Work Cited

How Could Divorce Affect My Kids? Focus on the Family, 1 Jan. 2006,

get-a-divorce/how-could-divorce-affect-my-kids. Accessed 25 Feb.


Piorkowski, Geraldine K. Adults Children of Divorce Are More Likely to Have

Relationship Issues. Opposiong Viewpoints, Going Bonkers

Magazine, 2010,

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Rinker, Cari B. About Us. NYC Non Profit Organization | Divorce Education &

Support |, Accessed 26 Feb. 2017.