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PHASE TWO- Flagler Students Surveyed on Divorce Fall 2018
Generated Oct 28, 2018 by camiperezr

Introduction

Pulling from data compiled from Flagler College 2018 fall semester statistics students, the first phase of the project examined the data on the opinions as pertaining to questions on divorce. The second phase of this project, detailed below, will look more in-depth at one aspect of the data, dividing students into two samples based on their responses to the question of, “Are your mother and father currently married?” The first group hereafter termed “Married Parents,” are the Flagler College students whose parents are currently married. The second group, hereafter termed “Unmarried Parents,” are the Flagler College students whose parents are not currently married. Married Students measured 83 of the 150 responses, at 55.33% of the sample. Unmarried Students measured 67 of the 150 responses, at 44.67% of the sample.

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The students surveyed also answered other questions in relation to divorce, like the number of years their parents have been or were married, how were their living arrangements throughout High School, and whether or not they believe ongoing contact with divorced parents is important. Both the groups of Unmarried parents and Married Parents will be compared between these three categories, the number of years married, living arrangements, and finally ongoing contact importance.

Comparison #1: Number of Years Parents Have been or Were Married

The following Boxplot and corresponding summary statistics show the number of years the Married and Unmarried Parents of surveyed students are or were married.

As seen below, there is a clear difference between these two groups of Married and Unmarried. The median number of years married of the Unmarried group is 9 years when compared to the median for the Married group which is 24 years, a difference of 15 years between the two groups. The upper and lower quartiles also vary as shown below. The Lower quartile for the Unmarried parents is 1, while the Upper quartile is 18. In the case of Married parents, the lower quartile for them is 20 and the upper quartile is 26. The minimum number of years for both groups do not differ as much, with the Unmarried having a minimum value of 0 years married and the Married group having a minimum value of 1. The same thing can be said for both of the maximum values, which do not have a high difference as showcased by the Unmarried group having a max. Value of 32 years and the Married having a maximum of 38 years married. Some outliers can be seen by the Married group, as some students state their parents have been married for 1, 5, 7 years which are below the median value, and also it can be seen some students said their parents have been married for 36, 37, and 38 years, which fall above the middle values. Moving on, the variability of the two groups also show a major difference, for the Unmarried parents have an IQR of 17 and the Married having an IQR of 6. This means that the Unmarried parents have a greater variability in the number of years that they were married in comparison to the Married parents which have a much smaller variability of years they have been married, this is also shown by the size of the boxplots in the graph below.

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Comparison #2: Living Arrangements in High School

The split bar plot displayed below looks at the Flagler College students’ survey responses on divorce, comparing the answers of those whose parents are married to those whose parents are not married in answer to the question, “Which if the following best describes your living situation in high school?” The two groups differed greatly in their responses. For Married Parents, almost 93% lived in one house with both parents, a huge jump from the 10.4% of Unmarried Parents who also did so. A similar wide difference in results can also be observed in the option “Lived in one house with one parent.” Only 6% of Married Parents gave this response, as compared to 58.2% of Unmarried Parents. The other two survey options, “Lived in two houses, one with each parent” and “Other,” were both much higher for Unmarried Parents (20.9% and 10.4% respectively) than for Married Parents (1.2% and 0%). Overall, it is clear by looking at the bar plot that living arrangements in high school were very influenced by whether or not a student’s parents were married.

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Comparison #3: Whether Students Believe Ongoing Contact with Parents is Important

The contingency table below compares the marital status of Flagler college student’s parents with the responses to the question of if it is important or not for children to maintain contact with both parents in a divorce scenario. Of the 150 people surveyed, 123 (82% of all surveyed) believe that maintaining contact with both parents is important. In this, you could say that the majority of Flagler college students tend to hold the idea that parents should retain contact with their children after a divorce.

Out of the students with divorced parents, 49 out of 67 (73%) believed that maintaining contact with both parents was important while 74 out of 83 (89%) of students with married parents believed the same thing. With this being said, students whose parents were still married were 16% more likely to answer that maintaining contact with both parents was important as opposed to those who had divorced parents. This difference can be seen as somewhat significant.

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Conclusion

In this comparison between students whose parents are married (Married parents) and whose parents are not married (Unmarried parents), it was found there are some significant differences in the number of years the parents of these two groups have been or are married. This is clearly shown by the variability they portray in the boxplot shown above in comparison 1.  The same holds true when comparing marriage status and living arrangements of students, with the results of where a student lives being highly influenced by whether their parents were married or not. Finally, when comparing the two groups of Married and Unmarried parents to whether or not students think ongoing contact is important, there was a slight difference between the opinions of the two groups as seen in the contingency table above.

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Result 1: Bar Plot- phase two   [Info]

Result 2: Boxplot- Number of years married between Married and Unmarried parents   [Info]

Result 3: Summary Stats- Number of years married between married and unmarried parents   [Info]
Summary statistics for Number of Years married:
Group by: Parents Married
Parents MarriednMinQ1MedianQ3MaxIQR
No67019183217
Yes831202426386

Result 4: Bar Plot With Data- Phase two percent   [Info]

Result 5: Contingency table (with data)- married vs ongoing contact   [Info]
Contingency table results:
Rows: Parents Married
Columns: Ongoing Contact Important
 No Yes Total No 18 49 67 Yes 9 74 83 Total 27 123 150

Chi-Square test:
StatisticDFValueP-value
Chi-square16.4479980.0111