PHASE ONE: Flagler College Students and Divorce 2018
Introduction:
The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship students have with divorce at Flagler College during the fall semester 2018. In particular, this report will look into different aspect of a student’s relationship today to divorce by looking at things like if their parent are currently married, or if they think that having divorced parent will result in the child having a high chance of a divorce themselves.
Data Collection:
In this first phase of this project, we will use descriptive statistical methods to describe the sample of students surveyed. The target population of this data is all the students at Flagler College in the fall semester of 2018. There were 150 students sampled from MAT 223 Statistics classes that were surveyed. Due to the fact that only students from MAT 223 Statistic classes were sampled then it may not properly represent the population of all Flagler College students. That means the sampling is bias. Lastly the data was selfreported, that means the sample may produce measurement bias as well.
Survey Questions:
1. What gender do you identify with?
2. How old are you?
3. Are your mother and father currently married?
4. How many years have your parents been married or were married?
5. How many of you close friends have parent who are divorced?
6. Which of the following describes you living situations in high school?
7. Do you think it is important for children of divorced parents to continue to have ongoing contact with both parents?
8. Do you think that it is difficult for children of divorced parents to go back and forth between living with both parents?
9. Do you think that children of divorced parents are more likely to divorce themselves later in life?
10. Do you think that parents should remain married regardless of the state of their marital relationship for the sake of their children?
Sample Data – Graphs and Summary Statistics
Demographics:
In the sample of 150 MAT 223 Statistics students in 2018 show that 67.3% were female and 32.7% were male. The bar graph below displays the students ages. This percent distribution of gender closely matches the percent distribution of the entire student body at Flagler College. The majority of the students at Flagler College is females. This shows that the mode response is females.
The age of the students surveyed is displayed in the histogram below. This distribution is unimodal and right skewed with a 3potential outlier at the ages of 35 and 50. Due to the fact that the distribution is right skewed, it would be best to measure the center with the median of 18 years old and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 1 year. Thus, the typical age of the students surveyed was 18 years old and most students were within 1 year of 18 years old.
Other Sample Results:
In the bar graph below, it displays if the student parents are currently married or not. In the fall semester of 2018 47.3% of students stated, no, their parents are not married and 52.7% of students stated that, yes, there parents are still married. The answers are pretty close in percentage, but the answer of, yes my parents are still married, has the majority.
The histogram below shows the number of years students’ parents have been married. The distribution of this graph is bimodal and rightskewed. With 3 outliers, one is 45 years and two are 50 years. Due to the fact that the graph is rightskewed the best measure of center would be the median, which is 20, and the best measure for spread would be IQR, which is 16. This means that the typical years of marriage of the parents of students surveyed is 20 years and most parents were within 16 years of 20.
The histogram below shows the number of close friends a student has with divorced parents. The distribution of the graph is unimodal and rightskewed with six outliers. The 2 outliers are 15, 3 outliers are 20, and the last outlier is 25. Due to the fact that the histogram is skewed to the right it would be best to use the median to measure the center as well as using the IQR to measure the spread. The Median is 3 and the IQR is 4 meaning that most of the observations fall within 4 counts of 3.
Eightyfour of the students reported that they live in one house with both parents and 41 students reported that they lived on one house with one parent. Out of 150 students 125 student answered with these two responses. This results in 83.3% of the students selecting these two options. Both of these sites claim the majority of the sample, they are both the most popular sites selected as illustrated below in the pie chart. Since there was a diverse number of sites selected, the variability of the sample results was high.
The bar graph below states shows the students who think that ongoing contact between both parents is important. The majority of the students said yes with a percentage of 79.3%. Where the minority stated no with 20.7%.
The bar graph below shows the results from the students answering if they think it would be difficult to live between two parents. With 93.3% most students surveyed choose yes, while 6.7% of students surveyed choose no.
The bar graph below shows the students surveyed ideal on if a child of divorced parents is more likely to get a divorce. The majority of students answered no with 59.3%, and the students who answered yes with 40.7% of the sample population.
The bar graph below shows what the students surveyed think if it is better for parents to stay together for there just for their children instead of getting a divorce. 86% of the student surveyed choose yes making this answer the majority. There were only 14% of students surveyed who answered no, making them the minority.
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